Catholic Charities names director of philanthropy and communications


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A long-time journalist in the region and state with board-level nonprofit experience is the new director of philanthropy and communications at Catholic Charities of West Michigan.

The Grand Rapids-based nonprofit said this month that it has named Paul Keep to the role.

Keep will be responsible for the management and strategic planning of the nonprofit’s fund development and marketing efforts.

He will provide leadership and oversight for major gifts, grant writing, fundraising and donor-engagement initiatives.

Most recently, Keep was the executive editor and director of print for MLive Media Group in Grand Rapids.

Keep has also served as a member of the regional nonprofit’s board of directors from 2007-2012 and served with a number of nonprofits throughout Michigan.

He also serves as the chairman of the board of trustees for the Grand Rapids Community Foundation.

“The continued success of our philanthropic efforts is what allows us to serve those who need it most,” said Terry Walsh, president and CEO, Catholic Charities of West Michigan.

“Paul’s in-depth understanding of our mission and his ability to connect the West Michigan community to that mission will greatly benefit not only our programs and staff, but the populations that we strive to serve every day.”

Previously, Keep served as an editor for The Grand Rapids Press, The Muskegon Chronicle, The Flint Journal and The Bay City Times,.

Keep said he’s excited to “join the great team” at the nonprofit, because it “does so much good in our communities.”

"I am confident that raising awareness of this will translate into raising more much-needed support for its important programs," Keep said.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Miami University and a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri.

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