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John Mitterling is senior director of development for Voices Together, the largest music therapy organization in North Carolina. John joined Voices Together in October 2019 to develop and lead a strategy to increase and diversify the nonprofit’s revenue sources to support its expansion statewide and nationally.

John is leading a strategic planning effort with the board of directors and advisory council and a comprehensive marketing and communications strategy to increase awareness to support revenue raising so that Voices Together can serve more children with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

John brings more than 30 years of experience in nonprofit organizations across the nation. He has managed all aspects of development, including annual fundraising, capital campaigns, planned giving/estate planning, foundation and corporate fundraising.

He began his development career serving as assistant to the director of the George Watts Hill Alumni Center Capital Campaign at his alma mater, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He continued his work in educational development at RuffaloCODY in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, serving colleges and universities across the southeast. He joined the national staff of his fraternity, Chi Psi, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, as director of development. He then began an eight-year focus in healthcare development, first as director of development for the North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians Foundation, then as vice president for development at the North Carolina Affiliate of the American Heart Association and finally as director of development at the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation in Kansas City, Missouri. His work created more opportunity for medical students to pursue family medicine as a specialty and to practice in underserved areas across the country.

John returned to North Carolina to serve as vice president for development for the North Carolina Symphony for five years, managing annual, capital and planned giving campaigns. He then served eight years focused on youth development as senior vice president at the YMCA of the Triangle, director of development at the John Avery Boys & Girls Club in Durham and Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Triangle.

Prior to joining Voices Together, he worked for three years as senior director of development for MDC in Durham, N.C., focused on increasing support for its work on economic mobility, opportunity and equity in the South.

John joined Voices Together in October 2019 at a time of significant growth for the organization. His goal is to increase its base of support so that more people can benefit from the evidence-based, proven model for empowering individuals with developmental disabilities to transform their own lives.

He has served in numerous roles in his professional association, the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and was recognized as Outstanding Fundraising Executive for the North Carolina Triangle Chapter in 2001. He served in leadership roles in his church, including as a deacon, elder, Stephen Minister, stewardship committee chair and foundation chair. He has served on the board of The Cypress Club of Raleigh, a continuing care retirement community, since 2010.

John holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in speech communication with an emphasis in public relations from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He became a certified fundraising executive in 1993 through his professional association, the Association of Fundraising Professionals, which requires recertification every three years.

He is a native North Carolinian, born in New Bern, who has lived in the Research Triangle Region since 1986.  He has two grown daughters, both of whom live and work in North Carolina after attending N.C. public universities.

Fun Fact

John is a lifelong runner, having run numerous 5ks and 10ks, six triathlons, and 16 marathons, including 13 Boston Marathons to raise funds for cancer research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.