Barzella Papa


Barzella Papa has a proven track record of nonprofit leadership and exceptional communication as a published author and sought-after keynote speaker over the course of her 20-year career in the nonprofit sector. She is the current President and CEO of the Community Foundation of North Central Florida, and during her 14-year tenure, she has raised more than $36 million in local support for a variety of causes. Under her direction, the Community Foundation has grown to more than $21 million in charitable funds, been awarded more than $21 million in grants, secured $15 million in planned gifts, and launched such successful initiatives such as the Women’s Giving Circle, the Amazing Give and the Center for Nonprofit Excellence.
She is a past president of the Junior League of Gainesville where she created the League’s signature fundraising event: The Tour of Kitchens. Her service to the League earned her the Most Outstanding Volunteer Award and the Legacy Award within seven years of service.
Her many other awards include the Girl Scouts Women Who Make a Difference, the Fierce Award recipient from Business in North Central Florida Magazine, and a Paul Harris Fellow from the Rotary Club of Gainesville.
Barzella graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in Communications and worked in major publishing houses before transitioning to the nonprofit sector. She is also an alumnus of Leadership Florida Class XXVII and has served on the Board of Directors for the University of Florida Performing Arts Center and the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Fundraising Area of Expertise: Barzella is an expert in Board Training, Management and Governance. She also has extensive experience in Development Program Review and Expansion Strategies, Donor and Constituent Engagement, Fundraising Campaigns and Strategic Planning, Major and Principal Gifts, Planned and Legacy Gifts and Project Management

Sector Experience: Community Based Membership and Advocacy; Nonprofit Management; Membership-based Organizations; Foundations

Barzella’s fundraising must have: Infrastructure and processes in place for transparency, donor management, and accountability. Late thank you notes, donations not attributed properly and no follow up with donors are sure-fire ways to lose their support forever!

Contact Barzella at: [email protected]

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