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American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science (Executive Director of Washington, DC and Mid-Atlantic States Region)

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The American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science (ACWIS) is one of the leading not-for-profit organizations in the United States raising funds for an Israeli scientific institution. ACWIS develops philanthropic support in the United States for the Weizmann Institute of Science (WIS), one of the world's premier scientific research institutions based in Rehovot, Israel. This is an excellent opportunity for a talented fundraiser to join an organization that has grown tremendously over the past 10 years and has the potential to grow even further.

The leadership of The American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science (ACWIS) views the appointment of its next Executive Director for Washington, DC and Mid-Atlantic States as a compelling opportunity for an entrepreneurial and energetic development professional to advance this geographic area, as the organization prepares to celebrate its 75th Anniversary.
Noted for its wide-ranging exploration of the natural and exact sciences, the Institute is home to 3,800 scientists, students, technicians, and supporting staff. Institute research efforts include the search for new ways of fighting disease and hunger, examining leading questions in mathematics and computer science, probing the physics of matter and the universe, creating novel materials, and developing new strategies for protecting the environment.

Weizmann is proud that Professor Ada Yonath was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2009. Professor Yonath is the first Israeli woman to receive a Nobel, and the fourth woman to ever win the Nobel Chemistry prize. Additionally, there have been 33 Israel Prize recipients from the Weizmann Institute, largely regarded as the states highest honor.

The American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science was founded in 1944 by a group of American visionaries inspired by the dreams of Dr. Chaim Weizmann, the eminent chemist and Zionist leader who later became the first President of the State of Israel. Outstanding business, intellectual and opinion leaders soon joined the Committee to participate in exciting projects of support. Supporters of ACWIS have been, and are today, partners with Weizmann Institute scientists in the search for answers to the most difficult challenges facing humanity.

Over the years, ACWIS has grown into a prominent national organization with a staff of about 60. ACWIS is a national network of dedicated volunteers and professional staff who share a common vision with the Institute in advancing science for the benefit of humanity, and strengthening Israel through science and technology. ACWIS develops philanthropic support for research at Weizmann; educates the American public about the Institute's research; and represents the Institute's interests in the United States.

In its 73-year history, ACWIS has raised more than $2 billion, averaging more than $60 million a year over the past decade.
Improving upon traditional fundraising strategies, ACWIS has created the Center for Personalized Philanthropy to provide customized giving opportunities for its donors. And, ACWIS employs a total financial resource development model that focuses on a donors overall and lifetime support of Weizmann. This approach looks at a donors lifetime goals for making an impact, and offers a menu of opportunities to fulfill their philanthropic passions.

Headquartered in New York, ACWIS has six regional offices including San Francisco and Los Angeles, CA; Fort Lauderdale; FL; Bloomfield Hills, MI; Chicago, IL; and New York, NY. In addition ACWIS employs four National Executive Directors of Leadership Giving who cover a regional base of donors outside of the regional offices reach. Each office employs fundraising strategies that suit the market; gifts are given predominantly from individuals, through successful fundraising dinners and estates in most regions. Additional information on ACWIS can be found at: www.weizmann-usa.org.