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Kristin O’Malley Recognized on National “Social Impact Women to Watch” List

SOUTH YARMOUTH — Nonprofit HR recently recognized Kristin O’Malley, President and CEO of The Cape Cod Foundation, as a finalist on its “2022 Social Impact Women to Watch” list. O’Malley is among 19 other professional women chosen for leadership, unwavering dedication, and impactful achievement in the social sector.

Nonprofit HR, headquartered in Washington, D.C., is the country’s leading and oldest firm focused exclusively on the talent management needs of social impact organizations. For the past several years, it has recognized women across North America who have made significant contributions to nonprofits, associations, foundations, social enterprise, and the communities they serve.

O’Malley join the staff of The Cape Cod Foundation in 2004, became its Executive Director in 2013, and was then promoted to President and CEO in 2017.

Under her leadership, the Foundation’s assets, now over $100 million, have more than doubled; incoming gifts have tripled due, in part, to cultivation efforts among new and existing donors. In 2021 alone, the Foundation distributed more than $6.2 million in grants and scholarships to local nonprofit organizations and students, up from $2.2 million when she assumed the helm.

In addition, at the onset of the pandemic in 2020, O’Malley created a Strategic Emergency Response Fund and has raised more than $3.58 million and allocated more than $2.5 million for ongoing pandemic relief efforts and nonprofit capacity building initiatives across Cape Cod.

Recently, she was appointed to the Barnstable County Commission’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Committee to help advise the Barnstable County Commissioners and the Assembly of Delegates on regional funding priorities and to recommend criteria to identify projects of regional impact for funding. Barnstable County has been allocated $41.37 million in ARPA funds.

In 2021, O’Malley created “Connecting Cape Cod,” a series of virtual community forums designed to share information about the region’s current needs, resources, and opportunities for community
engagement with a larger audience. Local experts convened to discuss food security and food access, housing and homelessness, mental and behavioral health, and supporting youth across Cape Cod with interested members of the community.

In 2016, O’Malley organized a unique funder collaborative to bring the Institute for Nonprofit Practice’s Core Certificate Program to Cape Cod and the Islands. To date, more than 100 senior level leaders from the local nonprofit sector have graduated with a certificate in Social Impact Management and Leadership from this comprehensive, award-winning program.

O’Malley is a graduate and past board member of the Community Leadership Institute of Cape Cod, the immediate past president of Philanthropy Partners of the Cape and Islands, and a member of the Advisory Committee for the Cape Cod and Islands Major Crisis Relief Fund and Cape Cod Healthcare’s Patient and Family Advisory Council.

A native Cape Codder, O’Malley holds a BA from Middlebury College, an MBA in Nonprofit Management from Suffolk University, and a certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership through the Institute for Nonprofit Practice at Tufts University’s Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life. She lives in West Barnstable with her husband and two children.

The following women were also named to Nonprofit HR’s “2022 Social Impact Women to Watch” list.

Amy L. Hinojosa, President and CEO, MANA, A National Latina Organization
Andrea Lovanhill, Chief Executive Officer, Committee for Children
Angela C. Caraway, Executive Director, The Caraway Foundation
Bianca Anderson, Co-CEO, ProInspire
Cynthia Buiza, Executive Director, California Immigration Policy Center
Eleace Sawyers, Chief Executive Officer, Community Health Partnership of Illinois
Faith Boettger, Founder & Chair, Social4Good
Jennifer Cartland, Interim Executive Director and Consultant, Reach Incorporated
Kavita Mehra, Executive Director, Sakhi for South Asian Women
Kenyetta McCurdy-Byrd, Chief Operating Officer, REACH Riverside Development Corporation
Koua Franz, Chief Strategy Officer, Committee for Children
Linda Lockhart, Founder & CEO, Global Give Back Circle
Luana Vaetoe, Chief Executive Officer, Becoming Independent
Michelle Brier, Vice President of Marketing and Development, BluePath Service Dogs, Inc.
Rosemary C. Jordan, Chief Executive Officer, Pacific Vision Foundation
Sarah Williams, Staff Attorney, Rubicon Programs
Shawna Young, Executive Director, The Scratch Foundation
Susana Eshleman, President and CEO, Children International
Terri L. White, Chief Executive Officer, Mental Health Association Oklahoma

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