Stephen Muzrall to lead fundraising operations for growing housing-service provider
Father Bill’s & MainSpring (FBMS), the leading provider of services to prevent and end homelessness in Southern Massachusetts, has hired Stephen Muzrall as its next Chief Development Officer. Muzrall, with more than 13 years of professional experience fundraising for non-profits, will lead a development team that raises approximately $2 million per year toward a spectrum of services, such as emergency shelter for individuals and families, job training, homelessness prevention and diversion, veterans programs, and approximately 500 permanent, supportive housing units.
Muzrall joins FBMS, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, at a time when it is cultivating support for a number of key capital projects and advancing a strategic plan that includes adding more housing and creating an innovative Housing Resource Center to reduce reliance on the emergency-shelter system.
Muzrall, who joined FBMS on March 12, previously served as the Assistant Vice President for Development at Wheelock College in Boston, where he built and managed a fundraising department that launched new giving programs to grow donor constituencies and oversaw stewardship of endowed scholarships and leadership gifts. Prior to that, he served two years as Wheelock’s Director of Major Gifts and Planned Giving.
“We’re thrilled to have Steve joining our mission,” FBMS President & CEO John Yazwinski said. “He’s a highly motivated and engaged leader who cares deeply about his community. As a South Shore native, he knows our service area well and he’s committed to developing the resources needed to bring hope to our neighbors in need.”
Muzrall, who holds a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership from Wheelock College and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science & History from Providence College, spent more than eight years (2006-2014) as a Gifts Officer at Stonehill College in Easton, where he solicited major and planned gifts to support the college’s programs and scholarships.
“Having grown up on the South Shore, I have long known about the mission and good works of Father Bill’s & MainSpring,” Muzrall said. “I am excited to partner with President John Yazwinski, the Board of Directors, and the many committed volunteers to help raise and develop new funding opportunities to support the FBMS mission to end homelessness in our community. I believe FBMS’ strategic plan to increase housing opportunities will truly resonate with individual and corporate donors hoping to make an impact.”
About Father Bill’s & MainSpring
Father Bill’s & MainSpring (FBMS) is the leading provider of services to prevent and end homelessness in Southern Massachusetts. The agency, founded in the early 1980s by a group of interfaith and community leaders, helps more than 6,000 people annually who find themselves homeless, or at risk of homelessness, achieve self-sufficiency. FBMS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency with administrative offices in Quincy and Brockton and program offices throughout Southern Massachusetts. For more information, visit www.helpfbms.org.