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Sy Nicholson, MS

Chief Philanthropy Officer

Ms. Nicholson joined Gaudenzia as Chief Philanthropy Officer in 2022 after serving in the nonprofit fundraising sector for 18 years. She has extensive experience in helping small businesses and nonprofit organizations achieve long-term growth and financial sustainability.  

Prior to joining Gaudenzia, Ms. Nicholson served as the Senior Vice President of Development for nonprofit organization Boys Town, and as the Vice President of Fund Development for the Urban League of Philadelphia. She has held significant roles at the Boys and Girls Club, The University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School, and Mount Sinai Hospital.

Ms. Nicholson holds a master’s degree in Organizational Dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania, a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Temple University, a certificate in Management and Marketing from the Wharton School, and is a Certified Fundraising Executive with the Association of Fundraising Professionals International.

Why I Work at Gaudenzia:

I believe mental and behavioral health are at the root of all we do in life, guiding our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, and impacting the way we treat ourselves and each other. Investing in a nonprofit organization like Gaudenzia is nothing short of investing in our communities and in our future.

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