Lincoln, MA (August 30, 2022) – Phinney’s Board of Directors has appointed its Vice President Judy Bell as the nonprofit’s new President. She replaces Morgan Ritz, who will focus her efforts on the fundraising area.
In addition to serving as vice president, Bell, who has volunteered with Phinney’s for seven years, has also served as Clerk and Chair of its Fundraising Committee. Previously, she assisted the Money Management, Protective Services and Meals On Wheels programs at Minuteman Senior Services. Her nonprofit experience is backed with knowledge gained during 37 years of experience working mostly in quality control at Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA.
“Judy is extremely capable, organized and committed to Phinney’s cause of helping low-income people keep their pets,” says outgoing President Morgan Ritz.
“Judy also brings a unique administrative skill set to the organization and knows the organization so well, having created and implemented many of its operational and administrative procedures herself,” Ritz adds.
Bell says that she has renewed her energy to help pet owners keep their pet companions as we resurface from a difficult period post-pandemic that continues to raise questions about the future of fundraisers.
“After seeing how traumatic and stressful it has been for pet owners reaching out to us for financial help, I can only think of making sure Phinney’s continues our mission. We want to help as many pet owners in need as we can, make sure we provide them with the best care, and that we create for Phinney’s the stability it needs after a troubling time of a worldwide pandemic,” Bell says.
“We very much thank Morgan for her contributions as President and look forward to her chairing our Fundraising Committee, which is currently planning the comeback of Phinney’s capstone yearly event – the Phinney’s Holiday Festival, which takes place November 6, 2022 at Lincoln’s Pierce House,” Bell says.
“We are extremely grateful to Morgan for her new commitment, as raising funds is the area in most need of attention right now,” adds Board Advisor Daniela Caride.
“During this past year, Phinney’s has seen a steep increase in requests for help and also in the amount of funds people are requesting. This is likely due to a combination of the increase in both the number of people in need of financial help and the increase in veterinary costs. And all that happened at a time when Phinney’s was forced to cancel all in-person fundraisers because of the pandemic,” Caride says.
With renewed enthusiasm, Bell is carving a plan with the help of the Board to propel the organization toward initiatives that focus especially on new ways of raising funds, so Phinney’s can help more people and pets with greater resources.
“I look forward to leading the Board of Directors and all our generous and capable volunteers into a new phase of hope and renewal, long into the future,” Bell says.
Phinney’s (aka Phinney’s Friends, Inc.), an all-volunteer registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit, helps Massachusetts low-income residents going through financial hardships keep their pets by providing financial support and pet-caregiving assistance. Those in need of Phinney’s services may call or fax their request for assistance to (617) 203.2053 or visit phinneys.org/get-help. Visit our Media Hub to learn more about our mission and to download our Media Kit.