And The Winners Are ...
Chief marketing officer
International Rescue Committee
Marc Sirkin is making sure the organizations he works for are among the first into the e-philanthropy fray. He pushed the envelope with both off- and online marketing at the March of Dimes, and then increased online revenues at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to more than $40 million, more than doubling them in less than two years. He’s honored here for his vision in using Web 2.0 strategies such as search-engine optimization and social networking to enhance fundraising efforts across the board. At the end of December, Marc departed LLS for the International Rescue Committee.
TOP MEN IN FUNDRAISING — AGENCY
Kurt Aschermann is one of the rare breed of fundraisers who can speak forcefully, eloquently and from a deep well of knowledge on a large variety of topics, from cause marketing to board development to nonprofit management. He was a driving force as senior vice president and chief development officer for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and, in his role as president of Charity Partners, he’s exploring innovative fundraising solutions for organizations around the country. He sees the future and has a realistic plan for taking nonprofits into it. He’s honored here for his big-picture thinking and a healthy, holistic vision of the sector.
Teacher, leader, advocate and, oh yeah, fundraiser. Tim Burgess wears many hats as a consultant to nonprofit organizations of every size and mission around the country. But what sets him apart is that he melds all of them into one to form a consummate fundraising professional who lives — and works — with passion, gentle determination and intrepid spirituality. The column that Tim has been writing for FundRaising Success is aptly titled on many levels — “Because It Matters.” He writes what he knows, which, among many things, is that fundraising does, indeed, matter. And that the best in the sector know that, live that and love that.