Gift of Adoption Welcomes Peter Grabell ​to its Board of Directors

National charitable organization welcomes San Diego resident and business leader to its national board

Chicago, IL ​​ – Gift of Adoption Fund, a non-profit organization providing financial assistance to complete both domestic and international adoptions​, is announcing the newest member of its Board of Directors. Peter Grabell, Senior Vice President for Commercial PACE at Dividend Finance, will lend his robust leadership experience to the Gift of Adoption’s governing body.

“Our board members bring a diverse set of skills and talents that help us continually improve our operations and further our impact,” says Pam Devereux, Gift of Adoption CEO. “Our Board of Directors assists us with vital governance tasks, including fundraising and goal-setting.”

​Today, there are more than 150 million orphans in the world with 415,000 children in the U.S. alone living without permanent families[1]. Gift of Adoption puts adoption in reach for more parentless children by providing the final funding necessary for adoptive families to welcome a child home. Through his role on the national board, Grabell will help Gift of Adoption expand its national reach and place more children in nurturing homes.

Grabell earned a Bachelor’s in Political Science from Haverford College prior to pursuing an MBA in Finance and Real Estate from Columbia Business School. Throughout his career, he’s held high-level management positions at a number of industry-leading firms, including GE Capital and Kennedy Wilson. Since 2015, he’s served as the Senior Vice President in charge of Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing at Dividend Finance.

Grabell lives in San Diego with his wife, Gayle, and their two adopted children, ages 10 and 8. In his free time, Grabell enjoys hiking and camping with his children through the YMCA Adventure Guides program.

“By adopting children, my focus shifted from my own interests to advancing those of our children. I learned early that adopted children have varying special needs that can be difficult for a non-adoptee to deeply appreciate,” Grabell says. “I felt an immediate inherent connection to GOA and its mission. That [a] lack of funds could prevent a child from being placed with his or her forever family struck me as untenable.”

In addition to his service on the national board, Grabell plans to leverage connections in San Diego and Philadelphia to advance the mission of the California and Pennsylvania chapters.

About Gift of Adoption Fund

Gift of Adoption is a national charity that provides grants of up to $15,000 to complete the adoptions of vulnerable children. Priority is placed on helping children facing what is possibly their only chance at adoption, including those at-risk of separation from siblings, entering foster care, aging-out of an orphanage, or with special needs. Gift of Adoption is the largest provider of adoption assistance grants on a nondiscriminatory basis (without regard to age, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or marital status) and our grants are paid directly to adoption agencies and attorneys working on the child’s behalf. Since inception in 1996, Gift of Adoption has awarded $9.6 million to give 3,310 children permanent families and the chance to thrive. Gift of Adoption is recognized by Charity Navigator and the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance. Visit to learn more.