RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. – To help reach ambitious fundraising goals, the Richard Myles Johnson Foundation has tapped Joe E. Walton, Sr. to head up its fundraising and public relations efforts. Walton has over 33 years experience in development and transition management in the non-profit sector and has served as executive director of Junior Achievement, expanding its financial education programs. He also founded Future Unlimited, working with the American Diabetes Association, the "Get High on Yourself" foundation, and Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Most recently Walton headed Advanced Development & Design Services, a consultancy specializing in transition management. Clients included the L.A. Alzheimer's Association, the Los Angeles office of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and the T.J. Martell Foundation. "Joe has a wealth of experience and a tremendous track record of success in sourcing and developing funds for a number of philanthropic organizations, managing the raising of more than $500 million over the course of his career," said Stan Abrams, Foundation chairman and CEO of Burbank, California-based Vista FCU. "He is uniquely qualified to help the Foundation achieve the range of fund-raising goals we have set for ourselves in our strategic plan." The Foundation's goals include building a capital goal of $1 million over five years, creating endowments to recognize and honor distinguished credit union leaders, developing an "in lieu of gift" campaign to honor the retirement or accomplishment of prominent credit union leaders, identifying potential funders to build grant projects in financial literacy, and continuing to build awareness among vendors of the benefits of investing in the Foundation's educational programs. The Foundation was named after former WesCorp CEO Richard Myles Johnson in 1999 to honor his longtime passion for education and growth of the credit union movement.

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