Douglas Pavese of Santa Rosa High School Foundation has won one of North Bay Business Journal’s Nonprofit Leadership Awards.
Describe your organization
Upon retirement in 2006 and because of my professional financial consulting background, I believed that I could help 501c3 organizations not only in the management of their money and investments, but with their organization, fund raising and governance issues. My services are pro bono and advisory only. My personal resources include my experience and templates that may be modified to work for their organization.
I do ask each group to have their attorney review any final recommendations. Upon finishing the task I have been selected to do for the organization, I remain as a resource by email or phone conversation. I do not want recognition for what I do and I never accept invitations to join their Boards. Local educational institutions have been my sweet spot, but I am currently completing work with PDI Surgery in Windsor.
Former organizations included SRHS Foundation, SRJC Foundation, Montgomery Alumni Assn., Piner HS Foundation, Ursuline Foundation and Elsie Allen Foundation. From outside this area, I have phone consulted with Foundations in Eureka, Modesto, San Diego, Tallahassee, Pittsburg and a city in West Virginia.
Tell us a little bit about yourself
I was born and raised in Santa Rosa and had an outstanding experience in growing up in this wonderful town. Having graduated from St. Rose School, it instilled in me the concept of helping others. At SRHS, I was a member of the Key Club and impressed by the business people who taught the concept of giving back to the community.
After college and my active duty in the U.S. Navy and getting established in the financial industry, my family was started and I joined the Naval Reserve in 1970 doing anti-submarine duty and then a staff war planning duty until retiring from the Navy as a Commander in 1988. I have two grown daughters with wonderful husbands and grandchildren.
I would like to say that their values contain community awareness and both give back in so many different ways. The organizations that I am still involved with for over 20 years are the SRHS Foundation where I have been the President twice and now serve as the Chair of the Investment Committee. The other is the SRJC Foundation where I have been Chair of the Foundation and currently the Chair of their Investment Committee.
What achievement are you most proud of?
Restricting my comment to the nonprofit community, I would say it would be a part of a 6 person team that established the Santa Rosa High School Foundation in 1988. Working with that dedicated team has been an honor to bring funding over the years to SRHS student programs and scholarships that never would have occurred because of the ongoing state funding crisis in California.
Two of the original founders, including myself are still active Board Members. We are proud that, because of our donor base, we have delivered over $2,600,000 to non-funded program enhancements and scholarships since inception. The organization has high credibility in the community and has served as a model for other public high schools.
What is your biggest challenge today?
Probably, because of my age, I’m wrestling with the idea of lessening my duties and letting the “new kids” take the torch. I’m sure I would always be available as a mentor to any of the organizations I have worked with. My heart is always with them.
P.O. Box 11006, Santa Rosa 9540
Professional background: Senior vice president and institutional consultant with Dean Witter/Morgan Stanley, 1968–2006; Navy flight officer, 1963–1968.
Education: Santa Rosa High School, graduated 1958; Santa Rosa Junior College, 1961; B.S. business management, San Jose State University, 1963; five-week-long advanced management and consultant executive training courses at Wharton and University of Chicago, 1990–2005.
Staff: None, 100 percent of the work done by myself.