Victoria Kim Flaville, Connelly Foundation

TITLE: Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

FUNDING AREAS: Education, arts, and human services

CONTACT: vkflaville@connellyfdn.org, 610-834-3222

IP TAKE: When approaching Flaville for a Philly-area grant, be aware that her personal interests seem to lie in religion-based education.

PROFILE: Victoria Kim Flaville has been an integral part of the Connelly Foundation for more than two decades, and she has worked closely with the founder, John F. Connelly, himself. Flaville serves as senior vice president of programs, chief operating officer, and secretary of the board of trustees at the Connelly Foundation. That's a lot of hats for one woman to wear, but Flaville has gained the experience to wear each one of them quite well throughout her years there.

Flaville earned a bachelor's in history from LaSalle University in the 1970s and later pursued her MBA at Saint Joseph's University's Erivan K. Haub School of Business. Before joining the Connelly team, she worked as an assistant corporate secretary at Crown Holdings, Inc. Clearly, she mastered the job of assistant secretary, because she was hired to be one for John F. Connelly in 1991. Over the years, she gained experience, knowledge, and respect at the foundation, securing her current leadership and management roles.

Flaville focuses her attention on education, arts and culture, and human services causes in the greater Philadelphia area. She spends her time reviewing non-profit proposals and works with the board of trustees to develop strategies for the foundation's initiatives. Regardless of the program area, Flaville aims to use her grantmaking powers to enhance the curriculum of religious elementary and high schools.

During her tenure at Connelly, Flaville has been an active board member at Delaware Valley Grantmakers and also served as its vice president. She has put her time and effort toward programs at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bucks County as well.

Flaville has been an outspoken advocate for religious-based education in the Philadelphia area (and it's notable that this is also her educational background). In fact, she has served on the boards of the Archdiocesan Office of Housing and Community Development, Archbishop Ryan High School, and the Archdiocese Executive Board of Elementary Education. Flaville serves on these boards under Bishop Michael J. Fitzgerald, who oversees all aspects of Catholic education in Philadelphia. "The collective mission of the Executive Board and the advisory councils will be to understand and plan for the demographic shifts, enrollment trends, and financial pressures that all schools face today so that working more strategically across the counties we can provide accessible, affordable, high-quality Catholic education for all of those who desire it," Fitzgerald stated in a press release.

While working her way up at Connelly, Flaville has become an expert in foundation management and Catholic school education. She was a featured panelist at Gesu School's 15th Annual Symposium on Transforming Inner-City Education with Catholic schools. She's also been a great resource for grantseekers, offering insights into how nonprofits can succeed with foundations in today's environment. She was a featured speaker and instructor at a Neumann University seminar, "Communicating with Grantmakers in the Current Economic Climate."

That said, the Connelly Foundation is not an exclusively faith-based philanthropy. Through her grantmaking, Flaville has preferences, but she is open, transparent, and accessible. When dealing with Flaville, be persistent and stay in touch. She likes communication, and sometimes "no" means "not now." To learn more about Connelly's grant programs, check out the Guidelines and Forms section of the foundation's website.