Children’s advocacy not-for-profit Voices for Georgia’s Children announced today that Joi Hunter, a seasoned fundraising and grant-management professional whose not-for-profit career has focused on creating opportunities for disadvantaged children, has joined Voices as the group’s first-ever director of fundraising and communications.
“Joi’s experience advancing children’s causes and her proven ability to lead major fundraising and grant management operations are a perfect fit for Voices at this stage of our growth,” said Voices executive director Dr. Erica Fener-Sitkoff. “Our mission to improve the well-being of Georgia’s children has always relied on an active and engaged community of supporters, and Joi’s work with this community will be so important as we work on an ever-expanding variety of issues and opportunities to help all of Georgia’s kids thrive.”
Hunter started with Voices on Sept. 25, after a stint directing national development strategy for OneGoal, a college-access not-for-profit, where she helped grow revenue to over $20 million. Previously, Hunter managed the KIPP Foundation’s grant-making strategy serving 183 KIPP schools and helped manage a portfolio for all of Teach for America’s public funding – including a $30 million portfolio of federal grants.
The investment in fundraising and communications expertise comes as Voices seeks to deepen its bench of policy analysts; broaden its communications outreach to Georgia policy-makers, community leaders and its network statewide; and raise Georgia’s profile as a national role-model in behavioral health, juvenile justice, early childhood development and other policy areas that advance children’s well-being.
“I’m thrilled to accept this new role and I look forward to working to grow Voices’ capacity to advocate for the next generation,” said Hunter. “Because all children deserve to have their needs met and we’re going to work hard to give them every opportunity to reach their full potential.”