Leadership, when truly possessed – is humble, ingenious and transcends the boundaries of time and age. As an YNPN-NYC Board Member, Connor Donohue was at the forefront in developing our work around nonprofit leadership and embodied these principles as a real leader in the nonprofit community.
Connor joined the YNPN board mid-2009 and was instrumental in managing the inaugural YNPN-NYC Professional Development Fair. His commitment, work ethic and passion to serve others made him an exemplary board member and an amazing friend.
YNPN-NYC mourns Connor’s passing and encourages those that wish to support future leaders, donate to the Connor Donohue Scholarship Fund:
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Connor James Donohue, 24, of New York City, formerly of Ridgewood and Montclair, N.J., died in a fall from his New York City apartment when the apartment’s terrace railing broke away. A Funeral Mass will be held Friday, March 19, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Cassian’s Church, 187 Bellevue Ave., Upper Montclair, N.J. Visitation will be at the Hugh M. Moriarty Funeral Home, 76 Park St., Montclair, N.J., on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. For directions, information and condolences, visit moriartyfuneralhome.com. Connor was born June 6, 1985. This is the same birthday as his aunt and grandfather. He was first and foremost the finest son his parents, Jane and Pat, could have ever dreamed of. His relationship with his sister, Caroline, was the best a brother and sister could ever have. He viewed himself as an Irish Catholic who loved his family above all things. He looked forward to Alexi Mantsios becoming his brother.
It was his knowledge of how privileged and loved he was that formed the basis for his career choices. Connor was pursuing a career of service. He loved his work as dean of students at “Prep for Prep,” a respected non-profit organization committed to improving educational opportunities for talented but under-served youth in New York. Connor recently started a new job as program officer for Strategy at “SingleStop USA,” an innovative non-profit organization assisting thousands around the country emerge from poverty.
In 2009, Connor was selected as a fellow by the N.Y.U. Wagner School for Public Services for a Fellowship for Emerging Leaders in Public Services (FELPS). He currently served as vice chair for external affairs on the board of Young Nonprofit Professionals Network, New York City. While at Connecticut College in New London, where Connor graduated magna cum laude with a double major in music and English, he conceived and was the founder of “New London Music Tutoring,” a tutoring program for underprivileged students in many local schools. For 13 summers Connor attended Frost Valley YMCA Camp in the Catskills, as a camper, and later as staff. Throughout those years he developed his passion for working and changing the lives of children.
Connor is survived by his mother and father, Jane Lyons Donohue and Patrick; his sister, Caroline; his future brother-in-law, Alexi; his grandfather, James Lyons; 19 aunts and uncles, and 35 first cousins. He loved his “other family,” the Kaplans, with whom he shared endless hours of vacations and fun. Additionally, his many friends from all walks of life provided him endless love and support. Connor loved spending time with his large Irish Catholic family and the many friends who lovingly called him “Conman.” He also loved music and the New York Yankees.