Avow welcomes Lou Traina to the board of directors for the Avow Foundation. As a board member, he will help cultivate Avow’s donor base and maximize Avow’s impact through fundraising for the organization.
“Lou’s knowledge, experience and leadership expertise allow for an understanding of philanthropy from the donor perspective and places emphasis on the importance of finding the real need for giving and the joy of philanthropy,” said Annalise Smith, Avow’s chief philanthropy officer. “Avow is inspired to have him join the foundation board and we look forward to his assistance with planning and executing impactful fundraising efforts and strategies.”
Traina is the president of Traina Philanthropic Services, a consulting company that helps families and individuals make smart decisions about their charitable giving, as well as assisting nonprofit agencies improve their fundraising strategies. He was the primary solicitor that brought the naming of the Suncoast Credit Union Arena, Hodges University, Johnson School of Business, Nichols School of Professional Studies, Fisher School of Technology, Francis Pew Hayes Center for Lifelong Learning, Lavern Norris Gaynor President’s Chair and Norris Hall.
Traina was named fundraising executive of the year in 2013 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals and has an extensive background teaching doctoral-level leadership classes and chairing doctoral committees.
For information about supporting the Avow Foundation, visit avowcares.org.
Avow was founded in 1983 as Collier County’s original, nonprofit hospice. Today, Avow’s nonprofit companies provide palliative care consultations for adults facing chronic or serious illness, hospice care and bereavement support services for children and adults. To learn more about the scope of services provided by Avow, call 239-261-4404 or visit www.avowcares.org.