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The Delaware Community Foundation Elevates Mike DiPaolo to Vice President of Philanthropy & Southern Delaware

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Maribeth Przywara to Lead Northern Delaware Team as Director of Advancement;  Michelle Painter Promoted to Finance and Operations Coordinator  

The Delaware Community Foundation (DCF) has announced three promotions, two in its Philanthropy Services (PS) group and one in Finance & Operations (F&O).   

On the PS team, Mike DiPaolo has been named Vice President of Philanthropy & Southern Delaware, and Maribeth Przywara promoted Director of Advancement. Michelle Painter has been elevated to Finance and Operations Coordinator.  

“I am tremendously proud to announce the promotions of these individuals,” said DCF President & CEO Stuart Comstock-Gay. “Mike is an outstanding leader committed to fostering teamwork and building the DCF ever stronger, Maribeth’s insight and professionalism working both with fundholders and our team is a great asset, and Michelle’s contributions to our Building Opportunity program created an opportunity in itself to broaden her scope.”  

DiPaolo Heads Statewide Efforts  

DiPaolo, who has headed philanthropy in Southern Delaware for the DCF since 2019, now serves in the same capacity across the state.   

As Vice President of Philanthropy & Southern Delaware, DiPaolo manages the DCF’s Philanthropy Services team, and he has become a member of the Leadership Team which serves as the organization’s “C-Suite.” He will remain based in the Georgetown office until the DCF’s move to its new Lewes office this fall, a project he is spearheading.   

DiPaolo joined the DCF after a 17-year run as the Executive Director of the Lewes Historical Society. He also served as the chair of the “Lewes 375,” a celebration of the town’s founding.   

He earned a master’s in library and information science from the University of Pittsburgh and an undergraduate degree from The College of Wooster. In 2012 he added a non-profit management certificate from Georgetown University. He serves on the Board of Advisors of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and resides with his family in Lewes.  

Przywara Steps Up to Director of Advancement  

Having joined the DCF in 2022 to work with fundholders as Philanthropy Officer, Przywara now manages a team overseeing philanthropic relationships across New Castle County.   

Przywara came to the DCF from Limen Recovery & Wellness where she served as the Director of Development, and before that in a similar role at the Delaware Nature Society. She has additional background in education with the Red Clay School District and as an adjunct faculty member at Wilmington University.  

Przywara is a graduate of Immaculata University and earned a master’s in education from Wilmington University. She resides with her family in Wilmington.   

Painter Promotes to Finance and Operations Coordinator  

Having served as Gift Administrator since 2016, Painter’s role expanded during the last year when she was tapped to serve as the relationship manager of the DCF’s fundraising funds and helped to develop a diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) training program for new employees.   

In this new role, her responsibilities expand to include routine accounting functions and the coordination of the DCF’s internal operations. In addition, she serves as the foundation’s liaison to Fund for Women (a giving circle at the DCF) and project manager for the organization’s internal events.  

Before joining the DCF, Painter oversaw the coordination of fundraising and awareness events for the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition. Previous to that, she taught pre-school and served in several roles in credit card services with Bank of America. Painter earned a degree in office administration from Delaware Technical & Community College and resides with her family in Bear, De.