Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Deborah Visser, Helped Nonprofits

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Deborah Visser, Helped Nonprofits

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Deborah "Debby" Visser, who assisted nonprofit organizations on community and economic development projects across the U.S. during a decades-long career in philanthropy and consulting, died Dec. 4 at a hospice center in Rockville, Md. She was 66.

The cause was breast cancer, said her daughter, Joanna Visser Adjoian.

Trained as a city planner, Ms. Visser expanded her expertise to include neighborhood revitalization and affordable housing. Her varied professional background, including experience with both grant-making institutions and groups that use grant money for community-development work, made her a sought-after adviser in her field.

"She always worked to understand what organizations were doing and try to help them become better," Harold Simon, executive director of the Montclair, N. …

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