65-Year-Old Organization Raises Millions Annually for Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center
The Pap Corps Board of Directors recently announced that David Bakelman has been appointed as the new CEO of The Pap Corps (www.thepapcorps.org). The Pap Corps has donated more than $110 million to Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, including a historic $50 million pledge in 2016 dedicating The Pap Corps Campus at Sylvester at Deerfield Beach. Pap Corps funds support research efforts and help recruit world-renowned researchers and physicians.Bakelman, the former National CEO of HelpHOPELive, will use his expertise to expand The Pap Corps’ fundraising program and increase the current 20,000-member volunteer base.
“We are honored that David has joined the organization,” said Linda Moses, President of the Board of Directors. “His executive experience in the nonprofit realm will guide The Pap Corps to the next level of success, by increasing our fundraising initiatives and establishing new corporate relationships.”
Bakelmanhas a rich history in growing nonprofits through his senior-level leadership over the past 15 years. Most recently, David served as National CEO of HelpHOPELive, a Philadelphia-based national health organization which helps organ and cell transplant, spinal cord and traumatic brain injury patients raise funds to offset their medical expenses. HelpHOPELive is ranked in the top 1% of all charities in the United States.
Previously, Bakelman served as President of the Magic Wand Foundation, an international youth empowerment charity and as National CEO of StandUpFor Kids, a non-profit serving homeless youth in 47 cities throughout the United States. Prior to that, he served as the Executive Director of Georgia Transplant Foundation, the largest human service organization in the country that provides financial assistance and advocacy to the organ transplant community.
Having built his nonprofit career with the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta as Vice President of Resource Development, he was responsible for the 4th largest United Way fundraising effort in the country, leading an $80 million annual fundraising campaign raising over one quarter of a billion dollars under his leadership.
“I look forward to carrying on the 65-year legacy of The Pap Corps and working with its chapters and thousands of members to raise additional funds for cancer research. I am excited about the opportunity to continue to raise the bar in our fundraising efforts,” said Bakelman.
About The Pap Corps:
Since its founding in 1952, The Pap Corps has donated more than $110 million to Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, including a historic $50 million pledge in 2016 dedicating The Pap Corps Campus at Sylvester at Deerfield Beach.
The Pap Corps derives its name from Dr. George Papanicolaou, a pioneer in cytopathology and early cancer detection, who introduced the world to the revolutionary test, commonly known as the “Pap smear.” A small group of women began the organization to support his efforts, and over the decades it has grown into an organization of over 20,000 men and women, in over 50 chapters, who raise funds to support all types of cancers.
For more information about the organization’s history, fundraising initiatives and volunteer opportunities, please visit www.thepapcorps.org