Get to Know: Deborah Korge

By Sue Reddy

Debbie Korge

Deborah Korge, an experienced nonprofit leader and fundraiser, was recently promoted to the role of executive director of The Women’s Fund Miami-Dade, where she previously served as director of development. The Women’s Fund’s mission is to improve the lives of women and girls in Miami-Dade County based on the core belief that all women and girls have the right to economic security, freedom from violence, equal access to leadership and education, and the right to choose regarding their health care. After more than 20 years empowering women and girls by supporting hundreds of innovative programs, The Women’s Fund now focuses on collaboration, bringing together like-minded funders, community organizations and individuals to use their collective power to create change in policy and practice. The goal remains the same: to create a just and safe Miami-Dade, where power and possibility aren’t limited by gender.

What led you into a career in nonprofit work? I come from a family where community involvement is a way of life. Through my leadership in the Junior League of Miami, I received extensive nonprofit management training. From there, I was invited to sit on several boards, and eventually moved into management positions. It is a good feeling knowing that someone may be a little better off because of what I am doing.

What brought you to The Women’s Fund? I first learned about The Women’s Fund when a friend was the executive director and asked me to attend the annual fundraiser. Years later, I became the executive director of an organization receiving a grant from The Women’s Fund. Finally, I was approached to become the development director—the rest is history!

In your own words, what is the goal/mission of The Women’s Fund?
To improve the quality of life for women and girls in our community, especially those who may not have access to the support and services they need, those who feel they are disenfranchised or those who don’t have a voice.

How do you hope to expand on this mission in your new position?
The Women’s Fund has been a vibrant organization for over 23 years. I hope to expand our reach and to bring more systemic changes to our community, as well as on a more global level.

Tell us about the upcoming Power of the Purse Luncheon. We will have a silent auction with many unique items and experiences. We are also recognizing five amazing women, including one of our founders, Evelyn Cohan.

Book currently on your nightstand: Daughters of the Samurai by
Janice P. Nimura.

Lunch Spot: Café Pastis and Berries in the Grove

Dinner Destination: Anything Italian

Happy Hour: Anywhere that serves good wine and craft beers

Shopping: Merrick Park

Museum: Vizcaya Museum & Gardens

Event: The International Chocolate Festival at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Place to Unwind: Biking down Old Cutler Trail

Charity close to your heart: The Women’s Fund exposes issues, gives voice to the silent majority, and pools collective giving power to help women and girls across the region. Everyone at The Women’s Fund takes its mission to heart. We know that we have made an impact over the past 23 years, but we also know our work is not done, and we look eagerly toward the future. womensfundmiami.org

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