Tod Thayer
Tod Thayer

The Portland Council of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul has announced the appointment of Tod Thayer as director of development. Thayer most recently was major gifts officer for the Sunshine Division in Portland and before that served as director of development for Folktime in Portland and as executive director of the Mount St. Helens Institute.

Thayer was executive director of the American Red Cross in Eugene and Vancouver, Washington, from 2010 to 2014.

Thayer attended Washington State University and Clark College in Vancouver, Washington. He has been active in community service and business organization in both Vancouver and Portland, including the Caring Closet and the Nonprofit Network of Southwest Washington.

“We are extremely pleased that Tod has accepted this leadership position with St. Vincent de Paul,” said Brian Ferschweiler, executive director of the Portland Council. “We feel that his experience and passion for our mission is exactly what the organization needs to grow through strong donor relations and building multiple development streams.”

The new staff position is being funded by a three-year capacity building grant from the MJ Murdock Charitable Trust.

St. Vincent de Paul’s Portland Council, marking its 150th year, provides food and emergency services to people in need across Multnomah, Clackamas, Columbia, Clatsop and Washington counties. Services are delivered through a network of 48 groups with 1,700 volunteers referred to as conferences, usually affiliated with a Catholic parish.

St. Vincent de Paul members offer help to those suffering from hunger, loss of a home, loss of heat or lights and many other needs requested each day.