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YOUNG Fundraising Professional Award

Rising Professional

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.

2020 Winner

Zuleika Johnson

Associate Director of Development, University of Colorado Colorado Springs

Zuleika is from the Bronx, New York, and she joined the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs (UCCS) development team in 2017. Zuleika Johnson serves as an Assistant Director of Development at UCCS. In her position, Zuleika builds support for the College of Letters, Arts & Sciences, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives and scholarships to support students. Zuleika has over 7 years of fundraising experience and is passionate about mentoring others in the field and making philanthropy more inclusive. Zuleika graduated from Connecticut College where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Gender Women’s Studies. Zuleika also received her master’s in Public Administration from The City College of New York and her master’s in Business Administration from Colorado Technical University. Zuleika serves as a mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters, is a Education Committee Member for AFPSOCO and Co-Chairs the Hispanic Advisory Council for El Pomar, Emerging Leaders Development Program. Zuleika joined the Colorado Springs community in 2013. Her and her husband, Charles, look forward to welcoming a baby girl September 2020.

Awards are sponsored by Incentive Marketing


 2020 winner: Zuleika Johnson, Associate Director of Development, University of Colorado Colorado Springs
 2019 winner: Rebekah Gans , Development Director, Early Connections Learning Centers
 2017 winner: Michelle Reich , Annual Giving & Special Events Coordinator, UCHealth Memorial Hospital Foundation
 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
2009 winner: 
Erin Taylor, Director of Development, Partners In Housing

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