JUPITER, Fla. (November 14, 2011) – Dr. Claudia Hillinger, Vice President of Institute Development for the Max Planck Florida Institute (MPFI) and President of the Max Planck Florida Foundation, today announced that Carl J. Minardo will serve as Vice President of the Max Planck Florida Foundation. The nonprofit foundation is tasked with supporting MPFI’s scientific research as well as its educational programs by attaining private philanthropic support from individuals, corporations, and foundations across the United States and with organizing and coordinating all fundraising programs in support of the Institute.
“As we continue to prepare for the future by establishing and building our endowment, it is vital that we have someone on board with Carl’s top-flight fundraising and financial skills,” Hillinger said. “I have no doubt that his exemplary development experience and in-depth knowledge of the South Florida community, as well as of the national philanthropic landscape, will help us achieve our goals.”
In his new role, Minardo will be responsible for establishing the fundraising activities, programs and initiatives of the Max Planck Florida Foundation. Although the State of Florida and Palm Beach County, together, have dedicated generous funding to establish the Institute, after a 10-year period MPFI will become dependent on philanthropy, grants and commercial activities in order to underwrite its projected annual operating budget. By establishing the Foundation and building a permanent endowment, MPFI is taking steps to ensure that the state and county’s investment is well protected.
“Scientists at the Max Planck Florida Institute are engaged in research that is tremendously exciting and that has enormous potential to impact the lives of millions of people around the world,” Minardo said. “As a result, the Max Planck Florida Foundation is also a very exciting place to be. I am looking forward to working with the staff to ensure that the Institute has the funding it needs to thrive well into the future.”
Prior to assuming his role at the Max Planck Florida Foundation, Minardo was the Executive Director/Campaign Director of Institutional Advancement for Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. There, he oversaw the University’s $100,000,000 Capital Campaign as well as Advancement Services, Prospect Management and Research, Special Events, Alumni Relations and Donor Relations and Stewardship. During his tenure at the University, he revised and upgraded Comprehensive Scholarship Policies and Procedures, making available an additional $6,000,000 of Endowed Scholarships.
Previously, he was the Director of Financial Development for the Greater Palm Beach Area chapter of the American Red Cross where he managed the Red Cross International Ball at Mar a Lago, among other successful events. A certified fundraising executive (CFRE), Minardo spent 23 years as the Director of Finance and Administration at the Deborah Hospital Foundation in Browns Mills, N.J., and served as the Dean of Business Affairs at Fulton-Montgomery Community College in Johnstown, N.Y. In addition, he served as the President of Evsham Education Foundation for 10 years. He holds an M.B.A. from Adelphi University in Garden City, N.Y., and bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Oswego.
For more information, visit www.mpffoundation.org.
About the Max Planck Society:
Germany’s Max Planck Society has led the world in advancing the frontiers of scientific research for more than 60 years. The independent, nonprofit organization, with its international staff of around 20,400, including research fellows and visiting scientists, has an annual operating budget of $1.8 billion. Named for the 1918 Nobel Prize-winning physicist and founder of the quantum theory, Max Planck, the scientific institution maintains 80 institutes and research facilities located mainly in Germany, but also in Italy, Netherlands, and now in the United States. All are focused on exceptional, results-oriented basic research in the life sciences, social sciences and the humanities.