March 13, 2015 - March 2015 marks a milestone for Athletes C.A.R.E. Our organization, one founded in the idea of young people engaging in community service efforts, celebrates its third year of service this month. With the help of so many dedicated individuals, our small nonprofit has grown rapidly, encompassing five college campuses across the East Coast with students actively participating in community service initiatives to assist the less fortunate. Due to rapid growth and expansion, Athletes C.A.R.E. has taken the next steps towards building our organization and pushing onward for the future.
We, at Athletes C.A.R.E. have firmly held that it is the people that make our organization thrive – the dedicated members, volunteers, donors and others who consistently promote our vision for helping the hungry and homeless. In the month of our third year, we are pleased to announce that we will be adding another one of these individuals to our team. Athletes C.A.R.E. is overjoyed to welcome Tom Wingert as Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors.
Tom Wingert, a Magna Cum Laude graduate of La Salle University as a major in Political Science and minor in Economics, Leadership, and Global Understanding, will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Athletes C.A.R.E. Board of Directors. At the present, Mr. Wingert is in the process of completing his Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership.
As the young organization’s most influential addition to the Board of Directors to date, Tom’s background is simply unmatched. His decorated resume includes positions held as a member of the Board of Directors for the Playing For Change Foundation, the Founder of Inkster Cares, and the Social Entrepreneurship Project Manager with Global Shapers Community. Additionally, Tom served as Director of Advancement for Ignite Good with the Huffington Post and as a member of Impact Hub Philadelphia, helping to foster community service initiatives led by young and inspiring activists and social entrepreneurs who seek to change the world. Tom is one of these activists. Not to mention, Tom was an Americorps member and lead Founder of The Hunger Network, a project aimed at addressing the structural issues of hunger and poverty in the city of Philadelphia.
Mr. Wingert will bring experience, knowledge, and expertise to a growing organization, playing a lead role in planning for and developing the future. His connections in and around the nonprofit and social impact space will allow our organization to flourish for years to come. Athletes C.A.R.E. and its members could not be more excited to have Tom join our team and be such an incredible asset as we continue to greater expand and maximize our impact.
Athletes C.A.R.E. Founder and President Alec Golini commented, "Tom's addition to the board as Executive Chairman shows you how serious we are about the growth of this organization. We could not be happier to have someone like Tom, with so much experience, joining the team to really elevate us to another level. His addition won't be the last as we are certainly preparing for the future and we cannot wait to get started."
We were fortunate enough to be able to sit down with Tom to learn more about him, his role, and why he is looking forward to joining Athletes C.A.R.E. as Executive Chairman. Read our Q & A with Tom below:
Q: Who is Tom Wingert?
A: Tom Wingert is some guy who seems to always have some sort of relatable experience to any situation (I cook competition-style ribs, have spent significant time in the Middle East, used to sing opera, and look like Ryan Gosling) and has drawn comparisons to "The Most Interesting Man in the World." But mostly nowadays I'm trying to slow all of that down, figure out what makes me happy, surround myself with people I care about that also care about me, and see what THAT life looks like.
But my life is still inescapably bizarre.
Q: What excites you about coming on board with a young nonprofit organization like Athletes C.A.R.E.?
A: It's a personal mission of mine to work with dedicated individuals that have a great idea and have shown their commitment to seeing it through to realize their potentials. I've been paying close attention to Athletes C.A.R.E. for more than a year and have been extremely impressed with Alec and the rest of the team in their commitment to grow the organization, and thus grow its ability to help people in need, so this is exactly the type of organization I believe in and like to work with.
Q: What specifically excites you about working with the people at Athletes C.A.R.E.?
A: Young people have a demonstrated interest in service work, and it's super smart to leverage the social position student athletes have on college campuses to energize that ethic of service in their peers. Helping these young leaders develop their skills and leadership capabilities is very exciting to me, and equipping them with skills that will pay enormous dividends to their communities throughout their lives and careers is a great opportunity.
Q: What type of experience, knowledge, or expertise do you bring to the organization?
A: I have worked with nonprofits and startups in a variety of capacities around the world, with experience in fundraising, organizational development, marketing, community organizing, strategy, and process implementation - I'm an organizational development strategist, which can be considered kind of like a utility knife for growing organizations.
Q: How do you see your role and responsibilities as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the organization?
A: I envision myself working with Alec Golini and Laura Zito to crystalize the vision for Athletes C.A.R.E. and to capitalize on the momentum generated to date to really grow this organization to what it can be. A good idea can only go so far without proper organization and implementation, and I'm excited to work with current and future members to identify exactly what it is that Athletes C.A.R.E. does well, what it could improve upon, and what can be done without, so as to maximize the impact on the communities surrounding Athletes C.A.R.E. campuses.
Q: What goals do you have for the organization?
A: There are a number of different opportunities here that need proper structure in order to be realized - being a student-led organization, turnover is high, so working to create a sustainable leadership and transitional structure is paramount, finding money to hire a full-time Executive Director to lead the organization's growth over time. I also want to help to create a fund development strategy that augments current fundraising initiatives, primarily through corporate sponsorship. Alec and Laura have outlined the goals to triple university memberships in the next three years, which I am excited to be a part of.