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Executive Producer

Gianfranco Grande brings over 25 years of experience in management of nonprofit organizations
and capital campaign fundraising to his role as Executive Vice President of Partners for Sacred
Places. Educated at the Vatican Seminary, Gianfranco has worked with more than 1,000
community-serving urban congregations and built strategic relationships with local faith leaders,
lay leaders, community leaders, universities, seminaries, public officials, and foundations.These
collaborations have been instrumental in successful rollouts of Partners’ trainings, programs, and
research. With his prior experience managing large-scale fundraising efforts, Gianfranco built on
Partners’ menu of services to create and implement the organization’s consulting services arm. In
2012, he was awarded the Richard Nickel Award from the Institute of Architects (AIA) Illinois,
recognizing his dedication to the principles of livable communities through grassroots initiatives,
and over the last 20 years, he has successfully helped to raise over $80 million. In 2014,
Gianfranco was inducted into the Board of Sponsors of Martin Luther King, Jr. College of
Ministers and Laity of Morehouse College. He has served as Board Chairman of the CANDLES
Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Terre Haute, IN, as well as a member of the Board
of Trustees of Preservation Action and a past member of the Board of Trustees of the Council for
a Parliament of the World’s Religions. Gianfranco currently serves as the Treasurer on the Board
of Directors for Brick and Mortals based in New York City; He was most recently appointed to
serve as the Alternate to the President of the Council of Religious Leaders for Metropolitan
Chicago and to the Board of the Let Freedom Ring Foundation based in Williamsburg, VA.

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