Zimmerli Names Interim Director

Donna Gustafson

Donna Gustafson has been appointed interim director of the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University. She takes over for Thomas Sokolowski, who died in May.

Gustafson, whose tenure as interim director began June 26, also continues to serve as the museum’s curator of American art and Mellon director for academic programs. Her most recent exhibition, “Angela Davis — Seize the Time,” co-curated with Gerry Beegan, associate professor of design, at Rutgers-New Brunswick’s Mason Gross School of the Arts, will debut at the Zimmerli in September, 2021, with a companion book available this September.

Gustafson has held various roles at the Zimmerli since 2009. Previously, she served as chief curator at the American Federation of Arts in New York City and director of exhibitions at the Hunterdon Art Museum in Clinton, New Jersey. A widely published author on photography, and American and contemporary art, she has given lectures at the Whitney Museum of American Art, College Art Association, New York Public Library, and Lafayette College, among other prominent museums and institutions.

Gustafson earned her PhD in art history at Rutgers.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Zimmerli Art Museum remains closed to the public and all programs are suspended until further notice.

Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, 71 Hamilton Street, New Brunswick 08901. 848-932-7237. zimmerli.rutgers.edu.

Name Change

VolunteerConnect, the Stockton Street-based resource for nonprofit organizations, announced July 21 that it had changed its named to NonProfitConnect.

NonProfitConnect will continue to focus on building strong boards, while increasing support of nonprofit executive leadership. In addition to training community members to serve on nonprofit boards, NonProfitConnect offers opportunities for nonprofit leaders to connect through peer circles, where they can share best practices, and attend training and other networking events.

“This change is the next logical step in the evolution of our organization; where we can leverage our strengths and resources to best address the needs of the community,” said board chair Toni Anne Blake.

“We are excited to roll out several new pilot programs to assess what is most effective in building increasingly diverse, skilled, and engaged groups of board and staff leaders,” Executive Director Allison Howe said.

NonProfitConnect, 12 Stockton Street, Princeton 08540. 609-921-8893. Allison Howe, executive director. www.nonprofitconnectnj.org.

Mission Change

Lawrence-based strategic communications firm Taft Communications has shifted its focus to specialize in helping companies articulate their core purpose.

“We live in a world where the private sector is increasingly expected to address challenges like climate change, improving health, fighting systemic racism, and providing meaningful work for employees,” said Taft President Ted Deutsch. “Today, most businesses now acknowledge the need to go beyond shareholder value and demonstrate benefit for the greater good. Taft’s purpose is now explicitly to help clients in all sectors, including foundations and nonprofits, articulate and amplify their purpose.”

“Purpose-driven work has been part of our DNA for years,” Deutsch added. “For us, this move away from a sector-specific focus is a natural and timely culmination of the client counsel we have been providing for decades.”

The four-decade-old company will now specialize in guiding organizations in the areas of purpose, vision, and values positioning; narrative and message development; strategic communications planning; integrated storytelling, including content development, media relations, social media, and paid media; executive visibility in purpose and social impact; employee experience and engagement; internal communications around diversity, equity, and inclusion; leadership communications; coaching; thought leadership; and issue campaign branding and management.

Taft’s senior consultant team includes strategists who were formerly heads of corporate communications, executive directors of nonprofits, journalists, professors, political communication directors, and a head of compliance and ethics.

In addition to its three co-owners — Mara Connolly Taft, Pete Taft, and Deutsch — the Taft leadership team includes vice presidents Jayne O’Connor and Connie Ludwin, and chief financial officer Mark McNulty.

Taft Communications, 2000 Lenox Drive #200, Larwenceville 08648. 609-683-0700. Ted Deutsch, president. www.taftcommunications.com.

Trenton Health Team Launches Food Finder

Trenton Health Team recently launched the Trenton Area Free Food Resource, an online, interactive directory and map to help the community find emergency and free healthy food options.

“COVID-19 has caused unemployment, closed schools and disrupted summer programs — which puts families at risk and creates more need for food in our community,” said THT Executive Director Gregory Paulson. “This online resource makes it easy to find the food assistance you need.”

The Trenton Area Free Food Resource lists Summer Meals sites, food pantries, and meal distribution sites serving children, families, seniors, and adults. The directory includes special events, such as pop-up farm markets, and is available as a printable document and as a Google Calendar.

Users can look up food programs by name, search for a nearby program using a street address, sort options by day, time, eligibility, and type of food, such as grab-n-go prepared meals or pantry items, and set personal calendar reminders.

Launch of the Food Resource coincides with the opening of this year’s Summer Meals program providing free meals to youth under age 18, Monday through Friday. No registration or income certification is required to participate, and parents are not required to give any personal information about their children at the sites in order to receive a free meal.

Local programs are sponsored by the City of Trenton Department of Recreation: Natural Resources & Culture, Mercer Street Friends, and the Capital Area YMCA. Meals are provided by the Food and Nutrition Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, which administers the Summer Food Service Program.

Deaths

Nancy S. Klath, 79, on July 11. She worked as a librarian at Princeton University for 28 years.

Susan (Suzy) Bell Trowbridge, 78, on July 4. She was a broker associate with Callaway Henderson Sotheby’s International Realty for the past 35 years.

Harriet E. Bogdonoff, 97, on July 5. After moving to Princeton in 1946 she worked at the forerunner to ETS and in the computer lab at Princeton University. She earned a master’s in social work at the age of 60 and began a private practice. She was also among the founders of Princeton’s Jewish Community Center and the Community Without Walls aging in place program.

Gregory J. Fischer, 82, on July 9. He worked as a mechanist for the Trentonian for 42 years.

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