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Jennifer von Kaenel returns to United Way

United Way of the Quad Cities announced today that local veteran fundraising professional, Jennifer von Kaenel has been named Senior Vice President, Resource Development, starting January 28, 2019. She returns to the organization where she served as Vice President of Major Gifts and Endowment from 2004-2005.
 
“We’re excited to welcome Jen back to the United Way family,” said Rene Gellerman, president and CEO. “Jen’s passion to be a difference-maker is contagious. She’s motivated by a strong commitment to service – to people and our community. This makes her a great fit with our staff, volunteers, advocates and donors who care about amplifying the success of every Quad Citizen.”
 
Jennifer is a certified fundraising executive (CFRE) with over 23 years experience in development, marketing, and volunteer management. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Augustana College and a Master’s Degree in nonprofit management from the University of Illinois at Springfield.
 
Jennifer worked as the Development Director at WVIK Quad Cities NPR for seven years and most recently was with The Moline Foundation as the Director of Development and Public Relations. 
 
“I’m excited to be back with United Way of the Quad Cities and work with new CEO Rene Gellerman. I look forward to partnering with community leaders, business partners and donors to expand opportunities for Quad Citizens to succeed.” Said von Kaenel, “Our focus on education, income and health are the building blocks of a strong life and community. Said von Kaenel, “United Way is uniquely positioned to mobilize the community to create the conditions for every Quad Citizens to live their best possible life. Being a part of that excites me.”
 
One of von Kaenel’s first projects will be working with Women United on developing their next steps to fuel their movement to ensure every Quad Cities child is ready for kindergarten.
 
Jennifer lives in East Moline, Illinois and is married to David von Kaenel. They have two daughters, 10 and 23 years old.