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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 Winner

Michelle ReichMichelle Reich
Annual Giving & Special Events Coordinator
UCHealth Memorial Hospital Foundation

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.


Previous Winners

 2016 winner: Erica Oakley-Courage,Development Director, Palmer Land Trust
 2015 winner: Kelly Shelton, Manager of Philanthropy, Space Foundation
 2014 winner: Lori Jarvis-Steinwert, Executive Director, National Alliance on Mental Illness
 2013 winner: Donna Gibson, Director of Individual Giving, Care and Share Food Bank
 2012 winner: Monica Carruth, Development Officer, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) - Pueblo
 2011 winner: Christi-Marie Butler, Director of Development, Colorado College
 2010 winner: Kristen McGee, Director of Communications and Development, Northern Churches Cares
Inaugural 2009 winner: 
Erin Taylor, Director of Development, Partners In Housing



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