Dani Corso Steps Into Executive Director Role With David’s Dream and Believe Cancer Foundation

Feb 14, 2018
Photo by: Christina Ferrara-Carpitella

This month, David’s Dream and Believe Cancer Foundation welcomed Dani Corso as its new executive director. Since 2012, Corso has served the organization alongside the Dreamers in various capacities and is “honored” and “humbled” to help carry out the mission to provide financial assistance and services to families, primarily in New Jersey, affected by a cancer diagnosis. She described the last five years as “bittersweet, full of triumph and tragedy, laughter and tears, the brightest light and the darkest hours.”

“Within the fundamental dichotomy of these experiences, there is the promise of hope provided by DDBCF with the support of the board of directors, patient advocates, Generation Dream, sponsors, donors and the community,” she said. “This hope is what makes the difference of a lifetime and creates a positive ripple that ‘changes worlds’ outside of our own.”

In her new role as executive director, Corso said she is responsible for sponsor/relationship development, event management, financial and patient recording, community outreach, social media and a variety of other tasks as defined by the foundation’s board of directors and by co-founder and CEO David Caldarella.

“Luckily, I have an unlimited supply of caffeine at The Union Market & Gallery,” the Tuckerton café and eatery she co-owns with Erin Buterick and Jeannine Errico. The three-woman force known as The MakeShift Union (responsible for The Makers Festival) has learned “how to work together, how to ask for help and how best to utilize personal strengths. This, in combination with our deep respect for one another, definitely makes balancing all of our ‘hustles’ a little easier than would be otherwise expected,” she said.

In spite of countless 18-hour days, Corso said she feels “fortunate to have all these avenues for impact.”

Grateful for a strong, empowered board of directors and advisory board, Corso looks forward to providing them “with the support they need to make an impact that they can be proud of.” In the long term, Corso said she aims to establish and foster relationships necessary for a substantial increase in the organization’s giving. The end of 2017 marked a milestone for the foundation, exceeding 1,000 patients and giving out $778,381 in grants. While the accomplishment is great given the size of the organization, “it also reinforces the unfortunate fact that the need for financial assistance and wellness services for families battling a cancer diagnosis is growing in New Jersey,” she said. The work is only possible through partnerships with philanthropic community members and businesses.

To make a contribution and join David’s as “A Beacon of Hope,” visit bit.ly/DonateDDBCF or email dani@davidsdreamandbelieve.org for sponsorship and planned giving initiatives.  —V.F.

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