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WITH FAMILY VIOLENCE SURGING, THE RETREAT ADDS A HOPE AND STRENGTH | The Retreat

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WITH FAMILY VIOLENCE SURGING, THE RETREAT ADDS A HOPE AND STRENGTH

 Hope Kramer, Seasoned Executive, Joins The Retreat As Director of Philanthropy

East Hampton, NY (January 31, 2013) – As hotline calls stream into The Retreat domestic violence services agency at the rate of more than 3,100 per year, the nonprofit organization this January added to its team Hope Kramer, an experienced and passionate East Coast leader in inspiring and securing resources from philanthropists who are eager to make meaningful donations to a worthy cause.

 “In the role of Director of Philanthropy, there are no substitutes for personally believing deeply and absolutely in an organization’s cause and equally knowing that every dollar—actually every dime—raised is accountably being used without delay to accomplish life-changing goals,” said Ms. Kramer. “In moving to New York, I chose to join The Retreat because of this organization’s compelling, community-embracing mission.”  Hope recently moved from Orlando, Florida.

In work spanning decades, Ms. Kramer has dedicated herself to causes ranging from improving local public education in Florida (via The Foundation for Orange County Public Schools), to enhancing regional services for pregnant and parenting teens & their families (via the geographically distributed BETA Center), to expanding Hispanic family access to March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation resources, to building community via the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando.  Serving in roles ranging from Executive Director, to President/CEO, to Strategic Consultant, Ms. Kramer has organized successful capital campaigns and has orchestrated both simple and complex fundraising systems.  In years’ past, she earned her MBA on a prestigious, competitive Martin Bell Scholarship, awarded every two years to a not-for-profit executive.

“Hope Kramer is a person who brings the necessary perspective, leadership, dedication to cause, and history of accomplishment in fundraising to The Retreat during a time when we most need it: when we are seeing unprecedented demand for our domestic violence services,” said The Retreat’s Executive Director Jeffrey Friedman. “I am absolutely thrilled that she’s chosen to work for The Retreat.”

In addition to Ms. Kramer’s behind-the-scenes involvement in numerous community committees, task forces, and organizations that deal with the issues that affect families and their children, Hope has frequently been interviewed by local television news programs, radio news shows, and print and e-media outlets on topics such as teen pregnancy, child abuse, and other family support issues.

About The Retreat

The Retreat, domestic violence services agency since 1987, has been a community-based, not-for-profit organization that provides domestic violence services and support for victims of domestic crimes on eastern Long Island and beyond.  The Retreat’s mission is to provide safety, shelter, and support for victims of domestic abuse and to break the cycle of family violence.  The Retreat provides a wide array of direct services, including five core services of Crisis Hotline, Domestic Violence Shelter, Legal Advocacy, Counseling, and Domestic Violence Prevention Education.

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