Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia Celebrates Fundraising Goal
PHILADELPHIA, PA — The Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia today announced
that it has hired the husband-and-wife team of Joseph and Lisabeth Marziello
as the organization’s new CEOs.
The Marziellos have served as CEOs for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland
Metropolitan Area in Oregon since 2002.
The announcement comes on the heels of the successful completion of the
Philadelphia organization’s first-ever comprehensive fundraising campaign.
The Be Great, Philadelphia! campaign raised more than $7 million in just two
years, exceeding its goal of raising $6 million over three years.
“The board is looking to the Marziellos to build on the success of its first
ever comprehensive fundraising campaign and take the organization to the
next level,” said Michael Colavita, chairman of the Boys & Girls Clubs of
Philadelphia Board of Directors. “They bring a proven track record of
leadership and transformation to the Boys & Girls Clubs where they serve.”
Prior to joining the Boys & Girls Clubs in Portland, the Marziellos served
as CEOs at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Green Bay in Wisconsin and the Boys &
Girls Clubs of Utica in New York.
“Joseph and I are excited to join Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia and are
looking forward to ensuring the organization remains the premiere place for
kids in the city,” said Lisabeth Marziello. “We will use our combined
talents and experience to continue to grow the organization and further
improve the outcomes for the children we serve.”
During their tenure in Portland, the Marziellos increased annual
organizational assets by more than 220 percent and raised more than $10.5
million in capital giving. They also secured nearly $6 million for
scholarships for low-income youth and expanded the organization from 5 to 17
In addition, they established a nationally recognized partnership with the
Housing Authority of Portland, the Portland Public School District, the
Portland Parks and Recreation Department and Regence Blue Cross-Blue Shield
to build a “Community Campus” in a Hope VI housing project, resulting in a
56,800-square-foot public school and Boys & Girls Club facility.
“As a former Club kid, I know firsthand the positive impact the Boys & Girls
Clubs can have on a child’s life,” said Joseph Marziello. “Lisabeth and I
are committed to enabling all kids – especially those who are disadvantaged
– to reach their full potential.”
The Marziellos will transition into their new posts this summer. They were
among 12 candidates considered for the position after a six-month nationwide
search. The organization has been under the leadership of interim CEO Al
Mollica since October.
Celebrating its 125th anniversary this year, the Boys & Girls Clubs of
Philadelphia comprises 12 clubs across the city and serves more than 13,000
children from ages six weeks to 19 years. The organization has a proven
impact on at-risk youth. In the 2009-2010 program year:
• 99 percent of 6th through 11th graders who completed the Boys & Girls
Clubs of Philadelphia program went on to the next grade.
• 100 percent of 12th graders who completed the Boys & Girls Clubs of
Philadelphia program graduated from high school; 53 percent of those
students went on to college.
• Of 350 teens polled, 53 percent said the primary adult they’ve spoken
with about their future is a Boys & Girls Club staff member, as opposed to a
parent or teacher.
In January 2010, Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia launched its three-year
comprehensive fundraising campaign with a $3 million pledge from John C.
Haas. Haas passed away in April 2011 and left an additional $1 million
bequest to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia.
In addition to the generous support from Haas, the Be Great, Philadelphia!
campaign received support from: Shire Pharmaceuticals, the Shane Victorino
Foundation, all members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia Board of
Directors and Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia employees.
“We cannot thank our supporters enough for their generous contributions to
the Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia,” said Tom Hofmann, campaign
chairman. “These dollars will have a direct impact on inner city kids and
will help us better serve children from pre-school through high school,
especially teens as they face one of the most challenging times of their
The funds raised from the campaign, the first of its kind in the history of
the organization, will enable the Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia to
enhance teen programs to attract and retain teen members; improve
infrastructure at the neediest clubs in the city, and implement an
organization-wide outcome measurement system to allow the organization to
track and measure the impact of its programs and activities on Club members
at all 12 Clubs.
About Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia
has been serving children since 1887 and is a member agency of Boys & Girls
Clubs of America. Our mission is to enable all young people, especially
those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring,
responsible citizens. We serve more than 13,000 youth annually, from
pre-schoolers to high school seniors at 12 sites located throughout the
city. We employ five core program areas that challenge the mind and body of
our members and help them to develop moral and ethical values. These program
areas include: Education and Career Development; Character and Leadership
Development; Health and Life Skills; Arts and Culture; and Sports, Fitness