Behind the Scenes
New Leadership at Need in Deed

Kimberly Kirn Becomes Executive Director

At a time when intergenerational capacity building is a hot issue in the nonprofit community, Need in Deed offers an example of a seamless leadership transition.

On June 29th, longtime Executive Director Barbara Dundon will make way for Kimberly Kirn to take over leadership of the organization, now in its 25th year.
Kim joined NID as Program Director in 2005, having served in a similar capacity at Philadelphia Student Voices — the Annenberg School of Communication's civic engagement program for high school students in Philadelphia public schools. Since she joined the organization, NID’s reach has expanded beyond traditional public schools to include both charter and faith-based schools.

The organization has multiplied by five the number of students impacted in under-resourced schools. She has also been involved in presentations to major donors in conjunction with the organization’s 25th anniversary campaign.

“Kim is a natural leader,” says Barbara, “ and has all it takes to guide Need in Deed through our next evolution.” Barbara also expressed pride in the way the board and staff worked together to plan for succession.

Adds NID Board President Kim Whetzel, “Kim is determined to build on NID’s strengths and increase its footprint in the Philadelphia region. We’re excited about the future under her leadership.”

Barbara’s involvement with the organization started in 1990, when she provided pro bono marketing communications support for the then-fledgling organization. She continued to remain involved with the organization in the early 1990’s, joined the staff as Associate Director in 1996, then become Executive Director three years later.

Barbara will continue in an advisory capacity until the end of the year to help with the 25th anniversary campaign — a comprehensive fundraising campaign to support the organization’s aggressive plans for growth.