Mary-Frances Wain
Executive Director of Philanthropic Investments, United Nations Foundation

Mary-Frances Wain serves as Executive Director of Philanthropic Investments for the United Nations Foundation. As the organization’s chief engagement officer for individuals and families, Mary-Frances works with philanthropists who wish to have a global impact by supporting the work of the United Nations.  Mary-Frances joined UNF in February 2012 and has more than 20 years of not-for-profit management experience with successful track record of “matchmaking” donors with effective agents of the change they wish to make in the world. Mary-Frances has specific expertise in organizational sustainability and resource development for initiatives focused on at-risk audiences.

Mary-Frances previously served as Vice President of Philanthropy for the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of the Mid-Atlantic. Mary-Frances also headed a nonprofit consulting company specializing in organizational capacity building, with a portfolio including the Choice Hotels International Foundation, the Pentagon Memorial Fund, The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, the Center for Alexandria’s Children, Cultural Tourism DC, and Higher Achievement.  Mary-Frances also served as executive director of Suited for Change, a Washington, DC based nonprofit that provides professional clothing and coaching to low-income women seeking employment, and as director of corporate relations for the National Museum of Women in the Arts, community relations manager for Neiman Marcus, and education manager for the American Advertising Federation, where she helped to establish the American Advertising Foundation to focus on minority scholarships.

Mary-Frances is an alumnus of Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and is an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. She regularly speaks at industry conferences and events and serves on advisory committees and boards for several DC-area NGOs. She is an avid runner, plays mandolin banjo, and resides in Washington, DC with her husband, their 10-year old son and his two-year-old labradoodle.