One of the area's most experienced fundraisers will soon put his talents to work for Jamestown Community College. Michael Moots of Jamestown has been appointed executive director of the JCC Foundation. Moots will assume his new post Feb. 1.
"I am very excited for the community, as well as JCC, to have Mike with us," said Hadley A. Weinberg, president of the JCC Foundation's board of directors, who announced the appointment. "He has relationships throughout the area and beyond that will allow us to enhance the mission of the foundation and college."
In his new role, Moots will be responsible for planning, organizing, and directing comprehensive annual fundraising campaigns for all sectors of the JCC community as well as for pursuing fundraising strategies, such as planned giving, that enhance the long-term financial health of the foundation. He will also oversee donor recognition and the distribution of foundation funds through student scholarships, faculty grants, and other means, to advance the quality of the college's academic programs.
"There's no doubt that Mike's expertise will help position JCC's philanthropic base for the future," said JCC President Gregory T. DeCinque. "Mike shares the commitment to excellence that has made JCC the region's premier provider of higher education for 60 years."
Moots comes to JCC from the United Way of Southern Chautauqua County, where he has been executive director since 1990. His accomplishments with the United Way include directing a $1.3 million annual campaign, raising $775,000 for a new operating endowment, increasing operating reserves, and establishing a two-year fund distribution cycle.
"It has been a great privilege to serve the United Way and the community for the past 21 years," Moots said. "The United Way is blessed to have a strong board of directors, incredibly dedicated volunteers, a veteran professional staff, fine member agencies, and thousands of loyal, generous donors. The United Way will continue to serve the children and families of Southern Chautauqua County with distinction for many years to come."
Reflecting on his new post, Moots said, "The purpose of the JCC Foundation is to support the important work of the college. This includes the development of scholarships to assist eligible students with their college expenses. I am very excited about the opportunity to become one part of the college's effort to provide affordable education of the highest quality for its students, especially during these challenging economic times for many working families."
Prior to relocating to Jamestown, Moots was employed by the United Way in Youngstown and Canton, OH. He also served as a personnel director, director of planning and operations, and program consultant in Ohio and was a teacher for the Peace Corps in Micronesia. Moots earned a bachelor's degree in psychology at Notre Dame University and a master's degree in social development at the University of Chicago.
Active in community service, Moots is a member of the Rotary Club of Jamestown, chairman of the Chautauqua County Emergency Food and Shelter Program local board, member of the JCC board of trustees, and member and past officer of the Jamestown Elks Lodge #263.
He served previously as a member of the boards of directors of the United Way of New York State, the Southern Chautauqua County Federal Credit Union, and the Jamestown Area Youth Soccer Organization and as chairman of the Chautauqua County Task Force on Alcohol and Substance Abuse. He has also served as a field educator for the State University of New York at Buffalo's graduate school of social work and as an adjunct faculty member at JCC.
Moots received the "Friend of Labor" Award from the Jamestown Area AFL-CIO Central Labor Council in 1998.