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New River Edge Foundation Director of Philanthropy

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 27, 2021


Kurt V. Rachwitz, Ph.D. New River Edge Foundation Director of Philanthropy


MACON- New River Edge Foundation Director of Philanthropy Kurt V. Rachwitz, Ph.D. has joined River Edge Foundation as the Foundation’s new Director of Philanthropy. A professional fundraiser for more than 25 years, Kurt and his wife, Pamela “Mel” Thomas are returning to Macon after several years in Florida.


Holding a PhD in composition and rhetoric, Kurt began his career in fundraising at Georgia Tech. Since, he has provided direction, leadership and counsel for many successful multi-million dollar campaigns across the United States. 


River Edge CEO Dr. Shannon Terrell Gordon, LCSW, CFRE says, “We are delighted Kurt has chosen to join the River Edge team. We look forward to his helping share the River Edge story of hope to inspire giving to make life better for individuals and families who experience mental health or substance use challenges or developmental disabilities.” 


About River Edge Behavioral Health

The full continuum of River Edge Behavioral Health services provide state-of-the-art treatment and supports for nearly 10,000 children, youth, families and adults annually who experience mental illness, substance use disorders, co-occurring disorders or developmental disabilities. A repetitive national award winner identified for its exemplary leadership by its international accrediting body, River Edge services extend throughout Georgia, including Baldwin, Bibb, Crawford, Houston, Jones, Monroe, Peach, Putnam, Twiggs, Wilkinson and Fulton Counties. Learn more at For help, call 478-803-7700 in Central Georgia or 404-665-8600 in Fulton County.


About River Edge Foundation

River Edge Foundation, an independent, 501(c)3 non-profit organization, raises private funds to help make life better for individuals who experience mental illness, substance use disorders or a developmental disability, especially individuals served and supported through the robust, community-based offerings of River Edge Behavioral Health. The Foundation strives for excellence in fundraising, investing, and stewarding contributions and assets, governing the Foundation, as well as forming lasting and mutual beneficial relationships with community partners, constituencies and stakeholders.