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Maggie Morth
Communications Manager
The Foundation Center
(212) 807-2415

Patricia Pasqual Named Director of
Foundation Center's Washington, DC, Office

New York, NY — April 28, 2008. Patricia Pasqual has assumed the position of director of the Foundation Center's regional office in Washington, DC. This is a return engagement for Pasqual, who served as the DC office director from 1994 to 1999 and led the Center's Cleveland office for the nine years prior to that. Since 1999 she has worked with the District of Columbia Public Library, managing special system-wide initiatives and outreach services to the District's various communities.

As director of the Washington, DC, office and library, Pasqual is responsible for managing a resource center that provides information, reference service, and training on fundraising, nonprofit management, and philanthropy to over 12,000 visitors annually. She oversees outreach to local, national, and international nonprofit organizations and grantmakers, as well as to Congress and the Center's Cooperating Collections in the mid-Atlantic region.

In announcing this appointment, Foundation Center President Sara Engelhardt said, "We are very fortunate that Pat has returned to a leadership role at the Center. She has far-reaching ties to the foundation and nonprofit communities in the DC region and beyond and a solid grounding in the Center's mission and services. These will serve us well as Pat rejoins our team at this exciting juncture, when we are greatly expanding our education and outreach through our field offices."

"My experience with the District of Columbia's complex public library system has given me a deeper understanding of the needs of the residents of DC and its community organizations," Pasqual said. "This understanding and my additional administrative skills will help me grow the many outstanding training and outreach programs developed by the Foundation Center since my departure. I am eager to again work with these very dedicated individuals in the nonprofit sector."

Pasqual has been an active community volunteer and board member for a number of agencies serving children and cultural causes both in Washington, DC, and in Cleveland. She served on the board of the Women's Foundation in Cleveland and the National Society for Fund Raising Executives in DC. Annually, she assists in judging the Wilmer Shields Rich Award for the Council on Foundations. She also has been a grant reviewer for the Institute for Museums and Libraries, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. She participated in and chaired the Washington Council of Agencies Excellence in Nonprofit Management Award selection committee for a number of years.

About the Foundation Center
Established in 1956, and today supported by more than 600 foundations, the Foundation Center is the nation's leading authority on philanthropy, connecting nonprofits and the grantmakers supporting them to tools they can use and information they can trust. The Center maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. grantmakers and their grants—a robust, accessible knowledge bank for the sector. It also operates research, education, and training programs designed to advance philanthropy at every level. The Center's web site receives more than 54,000 visits each day, and thousands of people gain access to free resources in its five regional library/learning centers and its national network of 375 Cooperating Collections. For more information, please visit or call (212) 620-4230.

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