SAN JOSE, CA, September 21, 2020 — Boys & Girls Clubs of Silicon Valley (BGCSV) today expressed profound gratitude and appreciation for the contributions of Max Duganne as he departs the organization after nearly five years as President and Chief Executive Officer.
“The entire Board of Directors wishes to express our immense thanks to Max for his dedicated service to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Silicon Valley,” said Kathy Hevland, Chair, Board of Directors, Boys & Girls Clubs of Silicon Valley. “Max stepped into this role at a critical time for the organization, bringing needed energy and vision to our efforts to serve those in need. Children and teens across the Valley have benefited tremendously due to Max’s service and we wish him the very best. Max will always be part of the BGCSV family.”
Duganne’s tenure brought great change. He has grown the organization’s budget from $2.6 million to more than $5 million. The organization was vastly undersized and irrelevant in their market and his leadership brought it to a regional player when it comes to serving youth. In the last 3 years alone, Max has encouraged growth and, as a result, has opened five new Clubhouses. These new Clubhouses include a site at public housing and a site for 35 migrant and homeless families at an agricultural center. Additionally, Max has vastly grown the number of Board members serving on the board.
BGCSV Trustee, Michael Smythe, added, “Max literally saved the Boys and Girls Clubs from financial insolvency. He stepped in and stepped up,bringing his infectious energy and commitment to bringing the Club to where it is today. Forever grateful my friend.”
Joe Ingoglia, Director of Organizational Development, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, said, “Max leaves behind a tremendous legacy for the organization, and most importantly for the kids of Silicon Valley. He came into a struggling organization and breathed new life into it. Max oversaw a dynamic period of growth during the five years as BGCSV’s CEO, and leaves the organization stronger and more relevant than ever.”
“Serving as CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Silicon Valley was the honor of a lifetime,” said Max. “As someone who grew up as a Club kid myself, I know firsthand how crucial this kind of support is for the youth and families of our communities. I couldn’t be happier with where we have grown this organization over the past 5 years, more than doubling our number of youth served. I look forward to supporting our new leadership as we continue this great momentum into the future.”
The BGCSV Board of Directors announced last month that Steve Wymer would succeed Duganne as President and CEO, effective today.
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About Boys & Girls Clubs of Silicon Valley:
Founded in 1944, BGCSV is a non-profit youth development organization that offers innovative and effective afterschool and summer enrichment programs primarily for low income, at-risk Santa Clara County youth ages 6-18 years. BGCSV serves approximately 3,000 regular members at 14 Clubhouse locations in San Jose, Morgan Hill, and Gilroy. A chartered affiliate of Boys & Girls Clubs of America, BGCSV utilizes a proven youth development strategy that nurtures young people’s self-esteem by instilling in them a sense of belonging, usefulness, competence, and influence.