RANDOLPH - Jeffrey C. Mendola, director of mission advancement at New Directions Foundation Inc., a charitable foundation with the mission of supporting New Directions Youth and Family Services, recently was recognized by FundRaising Success as one of the magazine's Rising Stars as part of the 2013 Fundraising Professionals of the Year Awards.
Mendola was one of four to be recognized nationally and was chosen by the FundRaising Success Editorial Advisory Board.
Mendola was recognized for his fundraising campaigns for his former employer, Mercy Flight WNY, where he and his development team raised almost $4 million over the past 4 years and his leadership and efforts in creating a new, dynamic website and an active social media presence, which drastically increased the organization's visibility throughout Western New York. He is developing and implementing a major fundraising campaign for New Directions Youth and Family Services, which includes a facility in Randolph.
Mendola is on the board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, WNY Chapter and also serves as co-chair of the organization's professional development committee.
A graduate of the State University at Buffalo, Mendola earned degrees in business administration and political science. In addition, he completed an online grant proposal development course from Canisius College.