Duffey named new director of Merced County Community Foundation
The Board of Directors of the Community Foundation of Merced County (CFMC) is excited to announce they have hired Becky Duffey as their first full time executive director.
Duffey’s primary role will be to nurture and establish donor connections, enhance the presence of the Foundation, and expand the granting processes.
She moved to Merced in November, as she felt it was important to be fully immersed in this thriving, local community to be effective in the role. She previously worked as the development director for FoodLink, the food bank serving Tulare County, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Inland Northwest, and as the executive director for Susan G. Komen of Eastern Washington.
Duffey has a strong background in nonprofits and led multiple programs in Public Health for the County of Monterey. With over fifteen years’ experience working for government and community-based organizations, she started her career at Apple Computer Inc., and believes in applying business and creative strategy to problem solving in the nonprofit world. A graduate of San Jose State University, Duffey started her journey helping others as a volunteer for the American Diabetes Association.
Founded in 2005, CFMC partners with donors to ensure a permanent source of charitable funds to meet the changing needs and dreams of Merced County communities. Currently, CFMC’s funding priorities include: Education, Art, Culture, Humanities, Health, Event Benefits, Environment, Animals, and Human Services.
“The CFMC has seen great success leading up to this announcement, and the decision to hire Becky shows that we are committed to growing our impact in Merced County,” said Aaron Hill, a CFMC board member. “As an organization, we’ve partnered with local families through the creation of donor-advised funds (DAFs) that ensure their donations stay locally and are appropriately applied towards the charities and scholarships that they care about. Transparency and clear communication are paramount to growing a successful community foundation, and we see Becky as the leader that will unlock our community’s best potential.”
“I couldn’t be more excited to be here now to help CFMC reach the next level,” Duffey said. “I look forward to working with this dynamic, community-minded board to implement streamlined funding strategies and create new opportunities.”
CFMC Board Chair Danny Royer said, “It’s an exciting time for our organization, we’re discussing internal growth opportunities after the COVID Pandemic ends, while working on ways to help our local community stay resilient.”