Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida selects new chief development officer

Barbara Evans has been named chief development officer for the Harry Chapin Food Bank. She will lead the development and implementation of strategic fundraising efforts in support of the food bank’s mission to lead our community in the fight to end hunger.

Evans has a nearly 20-year career in fundraising. She was formerly director of development at Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation.  

Prior to her position at the foundation, Evans was the chief development officer for Grace Place for Children and Families in Naples for six years. Under her leadership, the organization experienced explosive revenue growth, both in annual operating and capital revenue.

Evans has previously served as a major gift officer for Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, Mich. and the director of development for Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco.

She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals; former vice president of membership on the Board of Directors of the Greater Naples Area Planned Giving Council; and a member of the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy. Evans also served on the Board of Directors of Meals of Hope and chaired its Strategic Planning Task Force.

Evans was selected as the 2017 Outstanding Fundraising Executive by the Collier-Lee chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. She is a graduate of the 2018 Leadership Collier Foundation.

Evans has a Bachelor of Science degree from Florida State University. She and her husband, Jonathan, have two young children.

About the Harry Chapin Food Bank

The Harry Chapin Food Bank, an affiliate of Feeding America, is the leading hunger-relief organization in Southwest Florida. The food bank solicits, collects and stores food for distribution to families and others in need through a network of more than 150 nonprofit agencies in Collier, Charlotte, Glades, Hendry and Lee counties, providing food to about 28,000 people a week.

For every dollar donated, the food bank can provide $8 in food value. In fiscal year 2018-19, The Harry Chapin Food Bank distributed nearly 26.7 million pounds of food and other grocery items. The food, valued at $43.2 million, is the equivalent of 22.2 million meals for people in need. 

The Harry Chapin Food Bank is also a United Way partner agency.  For more information or to make a gift, call (239) 334-7007 or visit harrychapinfoodbank.org.

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