Nonprofit names advancement officer


LaDawn Evans. Courtesy Wedgwood Christian Services

A nonprofit focused on children and families is welcoming a new advancement officer to its team.

Grand Rapids-based Wedgwood Christian Services said last week it has hired LaDawn Evans for the role.

Evans will maintain, develop and deepen relationships with individual and corporate donors who support Wedgwood, as well as assist on foundation proposals and Wedgwood events.

Vivian TerMaat, Wedgwood’s chief advancement officer, said she’s “delighted” to have Evans join the nonprofit.

“She brings with her a wealth of development experience, along with a fresh perspective,” TerMaat said.

Evans said the advancement officer position marries her passions for “transforming the lives of young people” and “raising awareness and funds for needs in my community.”

“I’m looking forward to growing with Wedgwood and seeing the impact that they make with individuals, families and our community,” she said.

Evans’ background

Evans previously volunteered at Wedgwood.

“I volunteered here as a mentor to teenage girls some years ago, and ever since then, Wedgwood has held a place in my heart, because of the much-needed services that they provide to children in need,” she said.

Evans has worked in development since 2000, when she became the development coordinator at Guiding Light Mission.

She has also held positions in development at The American Red Cross, The EDGE Urban Fellowship and W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Cornerstone University and is working toward her master’s degree in counseling from Spring Arbor University.


Wedgwood Christian Services said it helps hurting children and families by “aggressively” taking on some of the “toughest problems facing them”: physical, substance and sexual abuse; sex trafficking of minors; school expulsions; and autism.

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