Ben’s broad fundraising experience, coupled with his deep roots in the Buffalo community, will be essential to Make-A-Wish as the organization moves into a new strategic era to ensure that every eligible child is granted a wish.
Ben is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) with over 17 years of experience in a variety of nonprofit and higher education advancement roles with an emphasis on strategic management, programming development, fundraising of all types, constituent relations, and volunteer and event coordination.
Marchione most recently served as Associate Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Niagara University where he worked with colleagues to enhance the strategic focus of the sector, improve data and reporting integrity, revamp the major gift operation, and grow the annual President’s Dinner fundraiser. He also served on numerous university-wide committees (including the University Planning Council, Budget Board, and Master Planning Committee) and played an enhanced leadership role during a 14+ month vacancy in the sector’s Vice President position.
As a former president of the Association of Fundraising Professionals WNY Chapter and current member of the Leave A Legacy WNY Steering Committee, Ben has long been committed to the region where he grew up and has dedicated his career to working with its generous philanthropic community and fellow professional fundraisers.
“We’re very pleased to welcome Ben to our team,” said Phil Lussier, President and CEO of Make-A-Wish Metro New York and Western New York. “I’m confident that with his proven skills and experience, Ben will provide the strategic leadership we need to achieve our vision of reaching every eligible child in the Western New York region.”
Ben’s commitment to the MAW mission is a personal one. A proud uncle of Nicholas
, a wish kid who lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, Ben knows how important the power of a wish is to all those involved. Ben has watched “Super Nick” flourish following the challenges and treatments associated with his diagnosis at a young age with a juvenile pilocytic astrocytoma of the spinal cord. His Uncle Ben looks forward to doing his part to continue to provide hope to children and families dealing with life-threatening illnesses.
“I am excited to join the Make-A-Wish family and work with the dedicated professionals and volunteers in the WNY region and the Metro and Western New York chapter as a whole to continue to build upon the generous support of the community and work toward the goal of granting every eligible wish.”
Marchione holds an MBA from the University at Buffalo and a Bachelors in Communication from Ohio University. He resides in Amherst, New York with his wife Amy and their dog Winston. If you would like to learn more and lend your support to Make-A-Wish in WNY, Ben can be contacted at (716) 810-9474.
Ben Marchione describes his personal connection to Make-A-Wish:
“In January of 2014 my two-year-old nephew, Nicholas, was diagnosed with a juvenile pilocytic astrocytoma of the spinal cord. He had been gradually losing his ability to stand up straight and to walk, and required immediate surgery to remove as much of the tumor as possible. Over the next several months as Nicholas regained his ability to walk, run, and jump, he began monthly chemotherapy to address the residual tumor. Unfortunately his first post-op scan in March showed that the tumor was already beginning to grow back. At that point he began weekly chemotherapy using three different drugs, and his next scan in June showed that the tumor had shrunk to almost nothing. Nicholas has endured three surgeries, fourteen MRI's, close to 50 chemotherapy treatments, and many of the unfortunate side effects that come along with it. He has tackled them all with his positive spirit and super powers, and has had no sign of tumor since finishing chemotherapy two years ago. As we have watched him blossom into a bright, engaged kindergartener who loves all things sport, we are so thankful to Make A Wish for providing hope at a very difficult time for our family.”