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Crisis Assistance Ministry Announces New Chief Advancement Officer

Crisis Assistance Ministry has announced that Edson F. Scudder, Jr. will join the agency as chief advancement officer on September 30.  He Edson-Scudderx150comes from Bank of America where he most recently served as senior vice president in the Global Corporate Responsibility Group.

A native of New York City, Scudder began his development career at Fordham University.  He relocated to Charlotte in 1990 to serve as Director of Advancement Services at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte before joining the former NationsBank (now Bank of America) in 1994.  He is a graduate of Fordham University and earned a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University.  For the past 19 years, Scudder has moved through the ranks of Bank of America professionally using his relationship management, data analysis and project management skills in each role.   For the past 8 years, he has volunteered at Crisis Assistance Ministry in numerous capacities from program process improvement to fundraising.  He currently serves on the agency’s Board of Directors.

“I can’t believe I hired my boss,” said Carol Hardison, chief executive officer of Crisis Assistance Ministry.  “We were delighted when Edson joined our Board and now we are thrilled to have his expertise on hand full time. His heart for service and commitment to people in poverty are the perfect complement to his corporate and community leadership experience.”

“As a long-time admirer and supporter of Crisis Assistance Ministry, I am humbled, honored, and tremendously excited to join this team,” said Scudder. “Fighting against poverty, preventing homelessness, and preserving dignity for our neediest families are such critical issues for our community.”

As chief advancement officer for one of the region’s largest nonprofits, Scudder will lead development efforts to raise approximately $5 million dollars in contributions, engage over 3000 volunteers, and steward nearly $2 million dollars’ worth of material goods donations.

According to Scudder, each of those things is necessary to enhance the community’s ability to keep families from falling into homelessness as a result of a financial crisis.  “On a typical day over 200 families depend on Crisis Assistance Ministry,” he said.  “I look forward to waking up every day to ensure every family gets the help they need when they come here. Together we can build a stronger future for everyone who lives and works in Charlotte-Mecklenburg.”

Edson and his wife live in Charlotte where he is an avid photographer and they enjoy the many arts offerings of the community.

About Crisis Assistance Ministry

Crisis Assistance Ministry is Mecklenburg County’s Lead Agency offering emergency assistance to impoverished families.  Specifically, Crisis Assistance Ministry helps families by:  addressing the immediate crisis with emergency rent and utility assistance, clothing, household goods, furniture and appliances; providing counseling, services and support to give families the tools they need to move toward financial stability; and educating the community about the realities of poverty in Mecklenburg County.  Visit them online at or to learn more about preventing homelessness and preserving dignity.