UWindsor begins new directions in fundraising and alumni engagement

WINDSOR, ON, Feb. 16 /CNW/ - The University of Windsor today announced the first step in a multi-year endeavor that will see the institution place a greater focus on fundraising and outreach to alumni and friends of the University.   Building upon the outcomes of a recent extensive review of the University Advancement operations, the University will be moving to significantly strengthen fundraising and outreach efforts.

"Growing recognition of our University's teaching and research strengths, increasing interest from students looking to attend university, and greater showcasing of the pride our alumni share in UWindsor, underscore the opportunity and the need to seek stronger donor participation," said Alan Wildeman, President and Vice-Chancellor. "We now must ensure that University Advancement is able to support our need to revitalize our facilities and strive to create better support for our students and researchers."

To help refine this new direction, Jonathan Braniff has been appointed to a two year contract as the Vice President, University Advancement, beginning February 22, 2011. Mr. Braniff, a resident of LaSalle, has raised more than $250 million over his 13 years of experience with the global fundraising organization Community Counselling Service (CCS), most recently holding the position of Regional Vice President for North America. He brings to the position previous experience with the University of Windsor, taking a lead role developing government fundraising proposals that saw $4.2 million raised for the Medical Education Building and $80 million for the Centre for Engineering Innovation.

Mr. Braniff will concentrate his efforts on ways that best serve the needs of students and of the Faculties to help create the opportunities and the kinds of spaces the university requires for the future. "To be the best, we need to find every opportunity to support students and to stand out from our competition. I'm looking forward to taking advantage of the tremendous opportunities we have to be bold and creative as we help the University of Windsor meet the broad goals laid out in its strategic plan."

The recent review highlighted a number of areas where University Advancement can be made more effective for the University and for donors, including greater outreach through an office in the Toronto market.  "The next 12 months will certainly see us focus on fundraising for the Centre for Engineering Innovation," said Dr. Wildeman. "In addition, Jonathan and I will be working together closely as we seek to ensure that University Advancement contributes to the success of the University of Windsor.  With our 50th anniversary approaching in 2013, we need everyone engaged as we envision the University of Windsor for the next half century."

Sue Williams is the president of the Alumni Association and said, "On behalf of the board, we are looking forward to working with Jonathan and contributing to the University of Windsor's efforts to become more engaged with our alumni."

Founded in 1963, the University of Windsor has close to 16,000 full-time and part-time students. The University of Windsor's mission is to enable people to make a better world through education, scholarship, research and engagement. www.uwindsor.ca.

SOURCE University of Windsor

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