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Outstanding Fundraising Executive Award


About This Award

Each year, AFP honors individuals who, through their hard work and dedication, have enhanced philanthropy in their communities and the world.  The Outstanding Fundraising Executive award spotlights those fundraisers who have done just this.


2018 Winner

2018 Outstanding Fundraising ExecutiveMartin Wood
Senior Vice Chancellor for University Advancement and Development
University of Colorado Colorado Springs

Martin Wood has worked in development for thirty-five years. In the past 25 years he had held two positions at the University of Colorado, serving as Vice President for Development with the University of Colorado Foundation and is currently the Senior Vice Chancellor for University Advancement and Development at UCCS. Wood has had responsibility for annual fundraising campaigns totaling $217M and has served on three national capital campaign steering committees that have raised over $1.9B. In his role as Senior Vice Chancellor he oversees development, marketing, branding, publications, public and community relations, state and federal relations, alumni relations and strategic partnerships. Wood is a member of the Chancellor’s leadership team and an officer of the university.

Wood is very involved in the community, chairing the Regional Leadership Forum, serves on the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation board and is founding member of the Colorado Springs Regional Leaders Trips. Wood also serves on the National Cybersecurity Center Board of Directors. He is a 2008 graduate of the Colorado Springs Leadership Institute and received the 2010 Profiles in Leadership award from the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce. He is past chair of the Board of Trustees for the Penrose-St. Francis Health System.


Previous Winners

 2017 winner: Joan Selman, Executive Director, Pikes Peak Hospice Foundation
 2016 winner: Sheila Ferguson, CFRE, Director of Development, The Resource Exchange
 2015 winner: Ron Rubin, Development Director for Major Gifts, The Memorial Hospital Foundation
 2014 winner: Gina Taranto, CFRE, Director of Development, Space Foundation
 2013 winner: Josh Bailey, CFRE, President, Penrose-St. Francis Health Foundation
 2012 winner: Janet Fieldman, CFRE, Chief Foundation Officer, Pueblo Community Health Center Foundation
 2011 winner: James K. Brozo, CFRE, CSPG, Vice President - Gift Planning, Penrose-St. Francis Health Foundation
 2010 winner: Brinah L. Vincent, CFRE
 2009 winner: Diane LeBlanc, CFRE, Former President & CDO, Penrose-St. Francis Health Foundation
 2008 winner: Thomas (Jay) Lowden, Vice President and Chief Development Officer, YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region
 2007 winner: Barbara Yalich - Lifetime Achievement Award
 2006 winner: Jeanne Conder, Vice President, Goodwill Industries Foundation
 2005 winner: Stephen Elder, Former Vice President for Advancement, Colorado College
 2004 winner: Kimberley Sherwood
 2003 winner: Jay Maloney, Chief Development Officer, Colorado College



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