Koonce named to development post at Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland

Robert Koonce

Robert Koonce, who has led successful fundraising programs for several area nonprofit organizations, has been named the new chief development officer for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland.

Koonce has more than 12 years of development and sales experience, most recently as the director of development for the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. There, he oversaw growth in museum membership and streamlined development operations. Koonce previously served in development roles at Western Reserve Land Conservancy and University Hospitals of Cleveland.

“Robert’s extensive experience and knowledge in fundraising at the very highest level will be an incredible asset to our team and our efforts to widen and deepen our circle of supporters,” said Ron Soeder, president of BGCC.

Koonce earned his undergraduate degree at Case Western Reserve University in Classics and his master’s degree in Instructional System Design from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.  He is a member of parish council at Communion of Saints Parish in Cleveland Heights and serves on the boards of trustees for Cleveland Archaeological Society, and Lake Erie Ink, a writing space for youth.

Koonce lives in Cleveland Heights with his wife, Divina, and their four children.

Founded in 1954, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland serves nearly 8,000 youths in Cleveland’s inner-city neighborhoods, Cleveland Heights, East Cleveland and Garfield Heights. The clubs provide a safe place for children to learn and grow, to develop ongoing relationships with caring adult professionals, to engage in life-enhancing programs and to create a culture of hope and opportunity.

BGCC’s mission is to inspire and enable young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.