Dawn Handwerker Named Director of Ruotolo Associates Church Division

Dawn Handwerker Named Director of Ruotolo Associates Church Division

Ruotolo Associates recently named Dawn Handwerker as Director of its Church Division. Dawn will build on the leadership of Steve Michalek, who is now serving as the Chief Operating Officer of the firm.

“Dawn joined us in January 2020 and has consistently demonstrated her ability and commitment to our wide range of faith-based clients, as well as clients in our Nonprofit Division,” said company Chair & CEO George Ruotolo. “She is currently providing counsel for multiple significant capital campaigns with goals totaling over $80 million. Her work ethic and demonstrated ability allows her to effectively serve our clients through the conduct of pre-campaign studies to comprehensive development and campaign counsel. Dawn’s new role will enable her to focus on leading our Church Division in service to parishes, dioceses, and religious orders.”

Dawn spent over a decade in corporate marketing and project management, with an additional 15 years as an entrepreneur and business owner. She applied the insights she gained in those roles to non-profit fundraising and advancement, where she consistently delivered growth and philanthropic productivity to organizations and clients she has served.

“I am humbled by the opportunity to more deeply serve our faith-based clients, supporting them in strengthening and advancing their mission,” she said. “The comprehensive approach of Ruotolo Associates really resonates with me. I love that my new role allows me to witness the growth of our clients’ stewardship and advancement capacity. When we conclude an engagement, having worked so closely with them, we leave our clients empowered and confident for the future.”

Beginning this fall, Dawn will lead a new Ruotolo Associates office in Florida.

Ruotolo Associates Inc. is a working partner with nonprofit organizations, providing specialized counsel for fundraising, planning, and communications, as well as executive search and leadership development, all designed for the enduring advancement of your mission.

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