Heather McGinness, Concordia College’s Vice President of Advancement, has been named Chair of the Board of CFRE International. Founded in 2001, CFRE International is an independent nonprofit organization offering the only accredited certification for experienced fundraising professionals aspiring to the highest standards of ethics, competence and service to the philanthropic sector. The Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) credential has existed since 1981 and is available worldwide as the global standard for the fundraising profession.
McGinness was elected to the position of Chair by her fellow Board Members in November of 2017. She has served on the CFRE International Board since 2014, playing an active role in various committees and serving as Vice Chair for the last two years, assisting the organization’s transition to updated application requirements and a new test content outline.
McGinness has made her mark since joining Concordia College in 2016, leading the Advancement team in strengthening relationships with the Concordia community. Her ThanksGiving Tuesday initiative – Concordia’s unique spin on #GivingTuesday – received accolades via a Raise award from the The Agitator blog and the 2017 Creativity Award for Excellence in Philanthropy from ALDE, the Association of Lutheran Development Executives.
“I’m deeply passionate about the nonprofit sector and its power to fulfill many vital roles in society. I’m honored to serve as Chair for the organization that provides the only internationally recognized, accredited certification for fundraising professionals, who daily strengthen their organizations and act as the engine for so many good works,” said McGinness. “I bring that same passion to my role at Concordia College New York, where I am grateful for the opportunity to build relationships with donors who resonate with our mission of preparing students for lives of passion, purpose and service.”
Concordia College President Dr. John Nunes said, "Not only does Heather bring paramount ethicality and professionalism to philanthropy, but as a person grounded in her Christian faith, she engages donors from the heart. I’m thrilled at the leadership opportunity this appointment represents and commend CFRE International for recognizing Heather’s gifts."
McGinness is a seasoned nonprofit executive and Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Master Trainer, experienced in several areas of the philanthropic sector, including higher education, human services, associations, faith-based and international relief and development organizations. A highly rated international speaker, she has also worked as a consultant in the sector. She received a B.A. in psychology from Case Western Reserve University and earned a graduate certificate in nonprofit management (CNM) from the former Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Case Western Reserve University. She is a member of the Association of Lutheran Development Executives (ALDE), where she also serves on the ALDE Board of Directors. McGinness is a member of AFP’s Growth in Giving Working Group and an International Advisory Panel member of Rogare, the University of Plymouth Hartsook Centre for Sustainable Philanthropy’s fundraising think tank.