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Laurierís Rob Donelson named Outstanding Fundraising Professional

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Nov 15/13

Laurierís Vice-President of Development and Alumni Relations, Rob Donelson, has been named Outstanding Fundraising Professional for 2013 by the Golden Horseshoe chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

Donelson will be recognized Friday, Nov. 15 as part of AFPís celebrations for National Philanthropy Day.

Earlier this year, Donelson was reappointed as vice-president: Development & Alumni Relations for a second five-year term beginning next July. At that time, Max Blouw, Laurier president and vice-chancellor, said, "It is a pleasure and a privilege to work closely with Rob to advance the interests of Laurier. He is a wonderful relationship builder and brings enormous integrity and energy to his role."

Prior to joining Laurier in 2008, Donelson led multimillion-dollar fundraising campaigns for St. Josephís Healthcare and St. Maryís General Hospital. He also played senior roles in development and alumni affairs at St. Jeromeís University in Waterloo.

ďThroughout my career Iíve been associated with organizations that I believe really make a difference in peopleís lives and truly transform society,Ē said Donelson. ďIíve learned that you donít reach any level of success or achievement without collaborating with others. Teamwork and partnership are essential to our success.Ē

Under Donelsonís leadership, Laurier became only one of two universities in Canada to be accepted into the Ethical Code program of Imagine Canada, a public endorsement of the universityís responsible solicitation and management of financial gifts. He is a director of the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education (CCAE), and has spoken at several national and international conferences of the Canadian Association of Gift Planners and the CCAE.

Click here to read an article about the awards in Exchange Magazine, which includes a video clip of Rob Donelson. 

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