Realize Bradenton Names First Development Director

Realize Bradenton Names First Development Director

Realize Bradenton, a nonprofit organization that promotes cultural and physical development, as well as economic growth in downtown Bradenton, recently appointed Karen Corbin as the organization’s first development director.

A seasoned fundraising and donor relations professional, Corbin brings more than 20 years of experience in philanthropy and resource development to Realize Bradenton. In her new position, Corbin will be responsible for Realize Bradenton’s comprehensive resource development plan in partnership with the executive director and board of directors. She will also serve as the organization’s major gift fundraiser, donor relations coordinator and strategic grants manager.

This new role will extend Realize Bradenton’s ability to secure resources and grants that build downtown’s vitality, attractiveness and business development. The job search was led and filled by talent management company MBJ Group.

Prior to taking the position at Realize Bradenton, Corbin served as vice president of Aviva Foundation supporting Aviva – A Campus for Senior Life. She was responsible for its fiscal management, as well as implementing a planned giving program, among other management duties.


“Karen brings a wealth of nonprofit experience to our team,” said Johnette Isham, executive director of Realize Bradenton. “She will work to engage people through arts, culture, heritage and food to build a vibrant, healthy and fun Bradenton.”

Before relocating to Florida, Corbin was the executive director for the National Kidney Foundation, serving the communities of Connecticut and western Massachusetts. During a four-year period, she increased fundraising results by 35 percent in 18 months by implementing a major gifts program and launching several events across the region.

Corbin’s career includes roles in development and management with Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation(JDRF), Chase Collegiate School, American Diabetes Association and National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

“Realize Bradenton has a great story to tell,” said Corbin. “I look forward to spreading the word and connecting with others to help grow Realize Bradenton’s positive impact on the Bradenton-area community.”


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