Outstanding Emerging Fundraising Professional Award
About This Award
The AFP Southern Colorado Chapter has initiated this award to recognize a fundraising professional in the emerging phase of his or her career who exemplifies the best traits and characteristics of our profession. The Inaugural Award was presented in 2009.
2017 Award Winner
Michelle Reich is the Annual Giving and Special Events Coordinator for UCHealth Memorial Hospital Foundation, a position she has held full-time since November of 2015, which enables her to pursue her passion – helping the residents of southern Colorado live extraordinary lives. Prior to that, she served as a contract employee for the Foundation, as well as volunteering for various non-profit organizations throughout the Colorado Springs community.
A native of Detroit, MI, Michelle earned her degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Dance from St. Mary’s College in Notre Dame, IN and moved to Colorado Springs after marrying her husband, Dan, in 1996.
Michelle has been very involved in the local community throughout the past 20 years, volunteering and serving on the boards for Newborn Hope, Inc., and the L.E.A.D. Foundation. She is currently the VP of Activities for National Charity League – Colorado Springs Chapter. In addition she has been president of the Cheyenne Mountain Elementary PTO, chaired the Memorial Hospital Foundation Gala and the Cheyenne Mountain School District 12 Traditions of Excellence Fundraiser and spent time volunteering for multiple nonprofits through her membership and leadership role with National Charity League.
Michelle and Dan have been married for 21 years and have two children: Hannah, a senior at Cheyenne Mountain High School and Trey, a second grader at Cheyenne Mountain Elementary. In her free time, Michelle enjoys escaping to the mountains at her family’s cabin near Fairplay, CO, cheering Trey on at his soccer games, watching Hannah take the stage at her dance performances, or enjoying an Italian Sunday dinner complete with pasta, loud voices and a lot of love.