March 7, 2019

SANTA ANA, Calif. – March 7, 2019– Goodwill of Orange County today announced the appointment of Denise Desmond as Vice President of Development.

Desmond has more than 20 years of experience working with numerous Southern California nonprofits, including 13 years at Goodwill of Orange County in a variety of roles within the development department.

“Goodwill of Orange County is thrilled to welcome Denise back to the organization to lead and energize our development department,” said Nicole Suydam, President and CEO, Goodwill of Orange County. “Denise understands the important work we are doing to create a better and brighter Orange County, and her experience and commitment to our mission make her a tremendous asset to the organization. I’m honored to once again be working alongside her.”

Since 2015, Desmond served as executive director of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation – Orange County Chapter where she oversaw operations as well as donor relations, major gifts, special events and team management. Desmond has also led fundraising teams at the YMCA of Greater Long Beach and the Alzheimer’s Association of Orange County.

Desmond’s career in nonprofits began at Goodwill of Orange County in 1998 where she got her footing as a development officer with responsibilities including cultivating donor relationships, managing annual events and supervising volunteers. Twenty-one years later she returns to Goodwill of Orange County to lead the development department and play an integral role in the nonprofit’s impact in the community.

Desmond has held a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation since 2003. She received her Bachelor and Master of Arts from California State University, Long Beach.

About Goodwill of Orange County
Goodwill helps people who are facing barriers to find and keep jobs, which provides purpose, pride, and dignity. Founded on the belief that every person should have the opportunity to achieve the independence that work provides, Goodwill is most recognized for being the conduit where donated goods are sold in America’s favorite thrift stores to generate the revenue that provides the services to those who face employment challenges. Goodwill of Orange County, now in its 95thyear, has supported hundreds of thousands of Orange County residents since its inception by creating and providing quality training and employment services to empower its program participants to be productive and independent. The nonprofit organization has dozens of programs that support this effort, including the Goodwill Rogers A. Severson Fitness & Technology Center,Orange County’s only facility specially designed for people suffering from chronic illnesses and physical disabilities; its global approach to serving veterans and their families, Goodwill of Orange County Tierney Center for Veteran Services, which helps former service members and their families find resources and services to meet and serve their unique needs, including housing, job placement, education, and wellness; and its Assistive Technology Exchange Center (ATEC), which provides access to more than 1,000 state-of-the-art technology devices for children and adults with disabilities. These are just a few of Goodwill of Orange County’s innovative programs that have served those facing barriers in Orange County for the past nine decades. To learn more about Goodwill of Orange County, visit

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