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Caitlin Mance Named New Executive Director

Submitted by scull_admin on Fri, Jul 13, 2018 - 09:47am

July 13, 2018

Philadelphia City Rowing (PCR) is pleased to announce the hiring of its new Executive Director, Caitlin Mance. Ms. Mance brings exceptionally relevant experience in fundraising, program management, and rowing that will help PCR build on past success and continue to meet its mission of empowering Philadelphia public school students to reach their greatest potential.

As the Manager of Foundation and Corporate Giving for Community Rowing, Inc. (CRI) Ms. Mance was responsible for identifying and securing new corporate and foundation partners for CRI’s free outreach programs for underserved groups in Greater Boston, with budgets totaling over $900,000. This included managing CRI’s grant and sponsorships agreements, writing grant applications, stewarding and cultivating current and future donors, and organizing stewardship events for donors and the community. Over three years in the role she added 35 new corporate and foundation supporters and increased revenue from these sources by 145% while carefully monitoring progress towards program goals.

In 2017, Ms. Mance was promoted to the position of Assistant Director of Outreach and Foundation Relations. In addition to her previous fundraising responsibilities, in this new role she helped supervise a staff of 10 coaches and oversaw daily operations for Row Boston, Let’s Row Boston, the Military and Veterans Rowing Program, and CRI’s Para Rowing Program. She represented CRI at networking and community outreach events, and worked closely with the Boston Public Schools Office of Social Emotional Learning and Wellness to ensure the young people most in need of CRI’s programs had access to them.

Ms. Mance left CRI last October to begin a new position as the Senior Development Manager at Earthwatch Institute, where she had an immediate impact on corporate and foundation development, but missed seeing the direct impact of her efforts in the smiles and successes of young people. PCR is proud to offer her the opportunity return to her passion and positively impact the development of Philadelphia’s public school students.

In addition to her nonprofit experience, Ms. Mance has nine years of collegiate rowing and coaching experience at both the Division I and Division III level. She is a graduate of the CRI Institute for Rowing Leadership with an Advanced Certificate in Rowing Leadership. She rowed in high school for Narraganset Boat Club, was a Division I varsity oarswoman and team captain at Cornell University, and a member of Riverside Boat Club in Boston after her graduation. She rows port and sculls.


Philadelphia City Rowing (“PCR”) has a mission to empower Philadelphia public school students to reach their greatest potential. PCR believes that by providing academic support, mentoring, nutrition education, and enrichment activities in conjunction with a highly structured athletic program it can improve the academic achievement, health outcomes, and personal development of its participants. PCR maintains a culture that reaches under-resourced youth, puts students first, and is inclusive, transformative, and engaged with the community. PCR actively recruits at-risk students in order to reach those who have the most to gain from its programming, and to ensure that all of its participants benefit from a team environment that reflects the rich racial, ethnic and socioeconomic diversity of Philadelphia.