We have some exciting news to share! Recently, we welcomed our new chief executive officer, David Bakelman. David brings with him a wealth of experience working with nonprofits and serving the transplant community. Check out his bio below for more details, and please join us in giving him a warm welcome!
David joined the HelpHOPELive Team as its chief executive officer in August 2014, bringing with him a wealth of knowledge and experience in the nonprofit sector.
David previously served eight years as executive director of the Georgia Transplant Foundation where he expanded fundraising activities, tripling the amount of patient/program grants from $600,000 to $1.8 million. He was instrumental in the passing of the Georgia Living Donor Tax Credit in 2004, the first piece of legislation of its kind in the nation. David also executed all operations of an $81 million fundraising effort for the fourth largest United Way campaign in the nation during his tenure as chief fundraising executive at the United Way of Metro Atlanta.
Prior to his appointment as CEO of HelpHOPELive, David served as president of the Magic Wand Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to empowering young people. Under his leadership, the international foundation began a $1.2 million fundraising campaign and increased attendance and tuition assistance for its annual international youth conference.
“I look forward to working with the board, staff as well as our clients and their families to help offset the burden of medical expenses during a time of crisis,” said David. “In the years ahead our team will work to expand our reach throughout the United States even further, bringing our services to more patient populations and continuing HelpHOPELive’s legacy of supporting thousands of families who have been impacted by a transplant or severe injury.”