The love that YNPN Cleveland’s new President Rebecca Rogg has for nonprofits stems from her long history of involvement in the arts. Originally from Cranberry Township, PA (near Pittsburgh), she was involved in theater and choir growing up. She came to Cleveland to attend Baldwin Wallace University, where she completed her B.A. in Studio Art and minored in Spanish. Now, Rebecca says that her favorite part of living in Cleveland is how much art and culture is just so close at hand, from museums in University Circle to the Metroparks surrounding the city.
Volunteering at museums, including MOCA Cleveland and the Western Reserve Historical Society, as well as for YNPN Cleveland’s Outreach Committee, helped Rebecca build a network full of great connections so that she could make the transition from a for-profit company to a development role with an arts nonprofit. She spent a year there, but jumped at the chance to return to her alma mater, Baldwin Wallace, as their Assistant Director of Annual Giving. This current position asks her to make connections on a daily basis, spending time with the university’s donors and alumni and communicating with the BW community through social media. One of her favorite tasks at work is advising the Student Giving Council, a student philanthropy group through which class officers and other members fundraise from their fellow students to provide scholarships to deserving seniors to ensure that they can finish their degree. She was so proud last year when they raised enough for six scholarships of $2,000 each!
When she’s not working, Rebecca spends time out in Cleveland—she lives in Tremont, but also enjoys Gordon Square, Ohio City, and Lakewood, and anywhere there’s good food to be had on great outdoor patios. She plays tennis, runs, hikes, and does yoga, and stays involved with Grace Church in Middleburg Heights and the BW Young Alumni group. She also loves to travel and makes it a priority to travel regularly around the United States and beyond whenever she can; she recently went to Cancun, Mexico, and is looking forward to this summer’s trips to Sandbridge Beach, VA, and Portland, OR, for the YNPN National conference. Unsurprisingly, Rebecca has a long list of places she’d like to travel in the future, but Ireland, Scotland, and Switzerland top it. For a staycation, Rebecca heads to Madison, Ohio, in Lake County, where there are vineyards serving up lots of great locally made wines.
YNPN Cleveland keeps Rebecca pretty busy, especially now that she’s President, but she’s very happy to lead an organization that has given so much to her. She started attending YNPN Cleveland events in 2013 in the hopes of growing professionally. She soon joined the Outreach Committee as an Ambassador and oversaw the YNPN Cleveland Twitter account, and the next year, she joined the Board of Directors as Outreach Chair. Rebecca says, “There are so many different people from diverse organizations with various skill sets to connect with. I’ve made many friends and connections during my time with YNPN Cleveland!” She looks forward to growing her nonprofit network even further when she attends the YNPN National Conference in August, which brings together many young nonprofit leaders from around the county.
If you’d like to talk with Rebecca about her experiences in the arts or with YNPN Cleveland, feel free to reach out to her on Twitter at @rebeccarogg or on LinkedIn.