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Outstanding Fundraising PROFESSIONAL Award

Leadership and Excellence

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.

2021 Winner

Lance James, PPLD Chief Development Officer and PPLD Foundation Executive Director

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Lance James serves as the Pikes Peak Library District’s (PPLD) Chief Development Officer and the PPLD Foundation’s Executive Director. In that role, he is responsible for all aspects of building and managing strong partnerships with individual donors, foundations, businesses, and nonprofit groups in the Pikes Peak regional community to support PPLD’s extraordinary staff, its 16 locations, and 3+ million annual visitors.

Prior to joining PPLD in 2018, James led the philanthropic efforts of the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, Harrison School District Two and the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association at various times during the past 25 years. A Colorado Springs resident since 1996, James graduated from the Center for Creative Leadership’s Community Leadership Program and serves on the Harrison School District Two Foundation Board of Directors. He is a proud former board member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Southern Colorado and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado - Pikes Peak.

He is married to his wonderful wife Jessica and has two amazing children and a furry, yellow Labrador retriever. In his spare time, you can find him digging in his garden, coaching youth baseball, making a mess cooking in the kitchen, and officiating college and high school soccer matches.

Regarding this award, James said, “I am deeply humbled to join the esteemed list of award winners who came before me. What makes this honor all the more special is that it comes from my peers and to be recognized by those you serve with is incredibly gratifying. Thank you to the PPLD staff and Trustees and the PPLD Foundation board for all your support and making my job a joy.”

Awards are sponsored by Incentive Marketing


 2021 winner: Lance James, PPLD Chief Development Officer and PPLD Foundation Executive Director
 2020 winner: Andy Petersen, Development Director, The Place
 2019 winner: Crista Muchmore, Corporate Relations and Communications Officer, UCHealth Memorial Hospital Foundation
 2018 winner: Martin Wood, Senior Vice Chancellor for University Advancement and Development, University of Colorado Colorado Springs
 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
 2004 AFP International Award winner:Jay Maloney, Chief Development Officer, Colorado College
 2003 winner: Jay Maloney, Chief Development Officer, Colorado College

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