The Florida Kiwanis Foundation’s Board of Directors announced that they have selected Alison Cacella to be the next Executive Director of the Florida Kiwanis Foundation (, the fund-raising arm of the Florida District of Kiwanis.

Jim Wylie, president of the Florida Kiwanis Foundation, made the announcement. “We are thrilled to announce Alison as our Executive Director,” said Wylie. “Our organization has grown over the years to the point where we needed an experienced full-time professional with a background in fund-raising and organizational structure. Alison Cacella certainly fits the bill.  Our Board looks forward to working with Alison as we move the Foundation forward into the 21st century.”

Cacella’s hiring comes as the Foundation seeks to create and implement a plan of strategic growth for online giving, development and outreach, grants, and expanding the Foundation’s giving programs with the release of the David & Donna Batelaan Fund for Special Needs Youth and Wil &Rachel Blechman Fund for Young Children.

“With her fundraising, human resource, and project management experience combined with her long-standing love for Kiwanis and extensive local volunteerism, she will lead the Foundation to the next level, ” said Wylie. She currently is the Lieutenant Governor for the Florida District of Kiwanis Division Five and the Past President of the Jacksonville Beaches Kiwanis.

A frequent guest speaker on national radio shows, Cacella, a graduate of University of North Florida, holds certifications in Human Resources, and Employment & Development Coaching.  She has worked for a variety of notable companies throughout northeast Florida including One Ocean Resort and Elite Parking.

“I look forward to working with the dedicated Kiwanians who serve on the Florida Kiwanis Foundation board as we—together—increase both the fundraising and visibility of this great organization,” said Cacella.

The Florida District is part of Kiwanis International, one of the world’s largest community service organizations with more than 600,000 members in 80 countries.  Those members, whose focus is on helping kids, perform approximately 150,000 service projects a year, representing more than 18.5 million hours of community involvement.


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