Press Release

Anera Names Vice President for Philanthropy

October 5, 2015 | Washington, DC – Anera is pleased to announce that Maggie Forster Schmitz has joined the organization as vice president for philanthropy. Ms Schmitz comes to Anera with solid experience in non-profit fundraising.

Previously, she was the global partnerships manager for Plan International USA, where she worked with the private sector to create partnerships that supported its mission of promoting child rights to end poverty.

Ms Schmitz also served as president of the US National Committee for UN Women (USNC-UN Women), moving it from a membership-based organization to a full fund development portfolio, including major donors, grants, corporations, and monthly and planned giving.  She also worked to secure grants and corporate partnerships for several local and international non-profit and consulted with both private sector and NGO clients.

“Maggie brings a wealth of fundraising experience to Anera,” says Anera President Bill Corcoran. “I am confident she will help boost our funding capacity at a critical time when humanitarian assistance is most needed in Lebanon, Gaza and the West Bank.”

Maggie holds a BA in International Relations and German studies from Mount Holyoke College and a MA in International Economics and European Studies from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

About Anera

Anera is a US non-profit humanitarian organization that has been providing development and humanitarian assistance to Palestinians and other communities in West Bank, Gaza and Lebanon for more than 47 years.