"There is a very strong sense of community here—no matter the politics or the religion. People take pride in Pittsburgh."
Alex Stanzione has a lot of enthusiasm and passion for Pittsburgh and its bright future. He burns off some of that energy mountain biking, playing golf, visiting gallery crawls downtown, listening to live local bands at venues like Gooski’s and Hambones and riding Harleys with his dad as they share their quest for the Pittsburgh region's best fish sandwich.
There’s still plenty of drive left over for his work as director of community engagement and resource mobilization at the United Way of Butler County, and on behalf of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Pittsburgh. He recently joined the board of the 450+member organization, founded in 2009.
“We do happy hourswith a twist,” Alex says. “Sure, people want to relax, share a laugh and network, but ourgatherings include panels with successful professionals. We want to nurture and cultivate the young people here who are passionate about nonprofit work, and make sure they have the resources to be successful intheir careers.”
Recent "YNPNP Connect" forums at places like The Pittsburgh Winery and the Buckhead Saloon have focused on diversity in the work place, mentorship and the rise of “giving circles.” He’s also an executive committee member of the University of Delaware Pittsburgh Alumni Chapter, and is ever on the hunt for fellowBlue Hens.
Through his previous work as a fundraiserfor Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania and volunteerism in the development offices of The Pittsburgh Promise and the Society for Contemporary Craft, Alex sees a common theme. "There is a very strong sense of community here—no matter the politics or the religion, or anything. People take pride in this city and want to take care of the community here."