FALL RIVER — Kristen Dutra, LMHC, Chief Executive Officer for Saint Vincent’s Services, recently announced the hire of Katie Dawkins as the Director of Donor Relations & Fundraising. Dawkins will join the Operations Leadership Team, which oversees the comprehensive multi-service child-welfare agency, which provides a diverse array of clinical, residential, and community-based services to nearly 1,000 youth and families annually throughout Southeastern Massachusetts. Dawkins’ prior experience consists of more than five years of nonprofit fundraising experience in youth development in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
Specializations include planning and executing large-scale events, collaborating with community partners, and annual fundraising. Previously in Massachusetts, she served as the Director of Annual Giving & Events at Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro South and volunteered as the Assistant Bulletin Editor of the Taunton Rotary Club.
“Saint Vincent’s is very pleased to be adding an individual with the skills and experience needed to enhance our operations and meet the goals for growth and community impact,” said Dutra. “As the Director of Donor Relations & Fundraising, Katie will lead, develop and build relationships with individuals and organizations to help with philanthropic support. We fully expect Katie will be an asset in the years to come.”
In 2021 Saint Vincent’s Services received notification from the Department of Children and Families (DCF) that they were awarded 11 contracts within their Congregate Care Network continuum of service delivery. Saint Vincent’s plans to expand therapeutic and behavioral services to meet clients’ diverse health challenges. A new round of strategic planning will commence in the coming months and include external consultation. Plans include expanding community-based services to complement current programs and fill a gap in childcare services in the Fall River community.
“I am thrilled to join Saint Vincent’s. I look forward to helping the agency enhance their partnerships and bring forward new possibilities and opportunities for collaboration,” said Dawkins.
Dawkins received her undergraduate degree in Marketing from Rhode Island College and currently resides in Cranston, Rhode Island, with her husband. She will be reaching out to partners soon.