Maureen Klein

Women are increasing their potential to engage in philanthropy, support causes and influence societal change as never before. The latest research* shows that women now control 30% of global wealth, and that their wealth is growing at a faster rate than overall global wealth rates. Locally, Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County estimates half of the contributions to its $16 million annual campaign come from female donors.

Research like this reinforces Federation’s renewed emphasis on its commitment to philanthropy by women starting with its announcement of the promotion of Maureen Klein as the new Director of Development for Women’s Philanthropy. Klein has more than 20 years of experience in the development and nonprofit sectors, and in this new role she will provide professional support for the Women’s Philanthropy annual campaign as well as manage programs and events for Women’s Philanthropy.

As Director of Development for Women’s Philanthropy, Klein will focus on identifying and cultivating opportunities for women to strengthen their contributions to the annual campaign, Federation’s primary fundraising source that addresses the most critical causes and issues affecting the Jewish people in Palm Beach County, Israel and 70 countries around the world.

Klein previously served as Federation’s Development Officer where she cultivated donor relationships and led fundraising, outreach and educational initiatives to engage the Jewish community in northern Palm Beach County. Her credentials also include development positions at Jacksonville Public Education Fund and Northern Children’s Services, a multi-faceted social service agency supporting the healthy development of neglected and abused children in Philadelphia. Klein received a bachelor of science in education from Kent State University and a master of education from The State University of New York at Buffalo.

Women’s Philanthropy Board Chair, Lynn Kaston says, “Maureen has a keen understanding that women in the Palm Beaches want to be active participants in their philanthropic choices, and she is extremely capable in matching donors with the causes that are most important to them.”

“Our Women’s Philanthropy division is fortunate to have the steadfast backing of the strong and involved women in this community who give their time and financial resources to help Federation influence the local and global Jewish communities for the better,” said Maureen Klein, Director of Development of Women’s Philanthropy.

Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County works to transform inspire and save lives in the Palm Beaches, Israel and 70 countries around the world.

*Research conducted by the Women’s Philanthropy Institute at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.