Sarah Ford | March 4, 2015

America’s Charities Announces Executive Management Changes


Washington, D.C.–March 4, 2015 – America’s Charities today announced that James E. Starr has been appointed Chief Operating Officer and Chief Business Development Officer. Starr has been serving as Interim COO since December 1, 2014 when he was brought in to evaluate key operational areas and orchestrate changes to optimize America’s Charities’ organization design.

“Jim is a strong and seasoned leader with a proven track record in strategic planning, revenue generation, board development, volunteer engagement, partnerships and performance metrics.  He is uniquely qualified to drive strategic prioritization and accountability within America’s Charities, with a laser-focus on operational excellence,” said Steve Delfin, President and CEO, America’s Charities. “I have tremendous confidence in Jim’s ability to provide focus for and extend the next generation of America’s Charities social responsibility, philanthropic and employee engagement solutions.”

This appointment follows Starr’s significant career accomplishments at the American Red Cross National Headquarters where he served at various times as Chief of Staff, Vice President of Corporate Strategy, Vice President of the Mid-Atlantic Region, Vice President of Volunteer Management, and CEO of the Greater Alleghenies Blood Region.  Prior to that he was a senior consultant for McManis Associates, a management consulting firm focused on the healthcare and government sectors.

In addition to Starr’s appointment, Kimberly Young has been promoted to Vice President, Business Development and will lead America’s Charities’ nationwide business development efforts with employers and charities, including new member charity acquisition. Young first joined America’s Charities as Director, Business Development in September 2014, with a focus on expanding America’s Charities’ portfolio of employer solutions for the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.  Having previously served as Director Corporate Services and Network Developer with the Council on Foundations, and as Community Relations Manager for Capital One in the Mid-Atlantic Region, Young brings more than 20 years of experience that intersects the corporate, nonprofit, and philanthropic communities.

Robyn Neal, who has been with America’s Charities for 14 years, has been promoted to Vice President of Client Engagement Solutions and will be responsible for a team that will manage all client and member charity relationships. Neal’s background in law has been indispensible in helping America’s Charities members navigate the complex and diverse regulations within public sector campaigns nationwide, including the Combined Federal Campaign.  Her background managing client relationships and role in generating unrestricted revenue for member charities through her previous positions as Manager, Member and Campaign Services, and Director, Member and Campaign Services, will be invaluable as she oversees America’s Charities’ Client Engagement Solutions team.

Lynne Filderman, Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer will become Strategic Partnerships Senior Advisor to America’s Charities. “For the past two years, Lynne has served with distinction and excellence,” Delfin noted. “She will now focus her efforts exclusively on the organization’s strategic partnerships and consulting solutions.”

Additionally, Barbara Funnell has moved to the newly-created role of Administrative Director where she will be part of an executive team handling Board Relations and governance, strategic planning, project management and HR. Denise Gustafson will continue on as Vice President, Charitable Funds Management Solutions (formerly Fiscal Services).

Effective immediately, these key executive management changes accompany a restructuring of America’s Charities’ organization designed to provide key services and programs to employers and charities as identified from America’s Charities research. 


About America’s Charities

America’s Charities is a national mission-driven organization that connects public and private sector employers with charities to engage employees in greater giving. The organization operates as a strategic consulting partner for philanthropic organizations, nonprofits and the business community to increase social impact, and has been at the forefront of employee giving since 1980. America’s Charities’ experience combined with an accountable and transparent process has resulted in raising more than $650 Million for over 10,000 charities addressing a range of causes including education, human rights, hunger, poverty, research, animals, veterans, disaster relief and health services. Information about America’s Charities can be found at  For ongoing news, please visit


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