NEW YORK – Youth INC is proud to honor David Mussafer, chairman and managing partner of Advent International, with the John C. Whitehead Leadership Award at its 28th Annual Celebration Gala on Wednesday, November 16, 2022. The award will be presented in recognition of Mussafer’s distinguished leadership in working to ensure a brighter future for the next generation.
Youth INC’s Celebration Gala is the organization’s signature event, through which it raises over $2 million annually to equip hundreds of nonprofit leaders with the tools and resources needed to build strong and sustainable organizations and continue to champion over 250,000 New York City youth each year. At the event, Youth INC will recognize Trail Blazers, one of the organization’s long-standing Nonprofit Partners, for their excellence in helping young people develop the skills and values needed to thrive as adults and become environmental stewards.
“As an actively engaged philanthropic leader, David understands the transformational power of service and support to community organizations, particularly those that benefit young people living in under-resourced neighborhoods,” said Rehana Farrell, executive director of Youth INC. “David and Advent International have demonstrated a commitment to ensuring equitable access to opportunity for all young people in New York City, making The John C. Whitehead Leadership Award a perfectly fitting tribute to both David’s philanthropic leadership and Advent’s commitment to building stronger communities.”
“Youth INC is a dynamic organization that has made the vision of thriving youth development organizations possible with their unique venture philanthropy model,” said Mussafer. “I am honored to receive this recognition and applaud Youth INC for investing in great nonprofit leaders who can build strong, sustainable and impactful organizations, an approach at the heart of what we do at Advent. On behalf of all of us at Advent, we are proud to support Youth INC and its incredible group of Nonprofit Partners.”
“Youth INC continues to expand its reach and impact each year with powerful results. That would not be possible without the generous support of people like David and companies like Advent that demonstrate their commitment to the community,” said John Waldron, president & COO of Goldman Sachs and Youth INC National Advisory Board member. “It’s wonderful to come together in person this year and pay tribute to David and Advent and celebrate all that Youth INC and its inspiring network of Nonprofit Partners have achieved.”
The event will also bring together a slate of influential business leaders who will serve as vice-chairs to help Youth INC reach its most ambitious fundraising goal yet, including:
Event Co-Chairs include:
In 2021, Youth INC honored Adena Friedman, president and CEO of Nasdaq, Inc. with the John C. Whitehead Leadership Award and raised $3.2 million to invest in its network of youth development nonprofits. In 2020, Youth INC honored Roger Ferguson, then President and CEO of TIAA, with the John C. Whitehead Leadership Award and raised over $2.2 million to deepen and expand its work.