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Julie Parr named NPR’s Vice President of Development

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Courtesy of Julie Parr

NPR is pleased to announce the appointment of Julie Parr as Vice President of Development.

Parr shared, “I am beyond thrilled to be joining NPR as Vice President for Development. As a lifelong fan of NPR’s exceptional reporting, it is a dream come true to be part of an organization that consistently sets the standard for journalism. I am eager to work with NPR’s talented fundraising team to help ensure the organization continues to flourish and reach even greater heights. Together with the team, I am confident that we can make a real impact and help bring NPR’s incredible stories and insights to an even wider audience.”

In this new role, Parr will be a key thought partner to the Chief Development Officer Leora Hanser and will help guide the organization’s philanthropic strategy, fostering growth for NPR’s fundraising and guiding NPR’s giving programs. She will partner with the NPR Foundation and a geographically distributed team of approximately 18 people assigned to a variety of areas, including Major Giving, Institutional, Planned Giving and Donor Communications.

“Julie is an exceptional leader, bringing significant experience in leading institutional giving and securing principal gifts, as well as managing large, complex development teams. She will be an incredible asset to all of our frontline fundraising efforts,” said Hanser.

With over 20 years of experience in fundraising, Parr has raised millions of dollars for institutions such as Yale University, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Hospital, along with a number of hospitals and non-profit organizations. Her most notable campaigns include Penn’s Making History and Yale’s For Humanity.

As a passionate and results-oriented professional, Parr has recruited and led development teams, improved fundraising results, coached fundraising champions, and implemented successful major and principal gift campaigns. Outside of work, Parr is an active member of many non-profits, hospitals, and universities across the country.

Parr has a Master of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts from Pennsylvania State University.

About NPR

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