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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.

2022 Winner

Thomas Dewar, Executive Director of Development, University of Colorado Colorado Springs

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Tom Dewar represents the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) as its Executive Director of Development. In addition to being the primary point person for corporation and foundation relations (CFR), he also leads the resource generation activities for the College of Engineering and Applied Science, UCCS Cybersecurity, and the campuses Veteran and Military Affairs operation. Recent capital efforts include the Kevin W. O’Neil Cybersecurity Education and Research Center, which welcomed its first students just last month, as well as the Anschutz Engineering Center for which a groundbreaking event was held a few weeks ago.

Before joining UCCS in 2014, Dewar was a member of the Junior Achievement organization for nearly 30 years. Initially leading field offices in three states, he moved to its Colorado Springs-based headquarters in 2001 where he first assumed leadership of the national development operation and then, in 2004, the international development organization. He also leads a nonprofit support effort that provides fundraising, board development, strategic planning and other forms of guidance to smaller nonprofit organizations around the world.

Tom has been married to his wife Tina for nearly 38 years and has two sons, Michael, an actor in New York City, and Cuyler, a third-year Med School student at Creighton University in Omaha. Their Wheaten Terrier rounds out the family.

“After nearly four decades in the fundraising arena, I am blessed to find new challenges and exciting opportunities that make heading to campus a true pleasure every day,” said Dewar. “This award means a great deal to me, an unexpected and humbling honor made even better when I consider my esteemed colleagues – my friends – who suggested me for consideration.”

Awards are sponsored by Incentive Marketing


 2022 winner: Thomas Dewar, Executive Director of Development, University of Colorado Colorado Springs
 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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