Betsy Dubovsky

Founder Executive Director (1998-2021)

Betsy Dubovsky was the Executive Director of The Staten Island Foundation from 1998 to 2021. She passed away suddenly from pancreatic cancer on February 9, 2021. Betsy assumed this role in October of 1998 and managed the operations and the annual allocations of this 23 year-old, $86 million dollar foundation. With her leadership and that of a distinguished Board of Directors, The Staten Island Foundation emerged as a significant benefactor and champion of education, arts, health and community programs on Staten Island especially those serving the least advantaged. Foundation giving to over 700 local community organizations now totals almost $74 million. Betsy’s entire professional life was in service to the not for profit community. A graduate of the Columbia Business School Institute for Not-for-Profit Management Executive Education, she worked for the American Red Cross in Greater New York, the Community Agency for Senior Citizens, the Visiting Nurse Association, the Eger Health Care Center, the Staten Island Branch of the YMCA of Greater New York and Wagner College. Betsy founded the social work service of the Visiting Nurse Association as its first social worker in 1977. She gained extensive knowledge of local community needs as well as the non-profit sector and its issues from experience as a social worker providing direct services, as a director and manager of services, as a fundraising and public relations professional, as an adjunct lecturer in Sociology and as a board management volunteer.

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