Thursday, September 29, 2011

Jeff Sellers Joins Union as Director of Development

CINCINNATI - Union Institute & University today announced it has hired Jeff Sellers as director of development. In his role, Sellers will oversee fundraising efforts for the national, private, non-profit university headquartered in Cincinnati.

Sellers comes to Union with more than 11 years of experience orchestrating successful development initiatives and fundraising efforts including: capital campaigns; major gifts; grants, and corporate solicitations; annual fund drives; direct mail; online fundraising; planned giving; and special events.

“Jeff’s wealth of experience will be put to good use in assisting Union in its future fundraising efforts,” said Dr. Roger H. Sublett, president of Union Institute & University. “We are delighted to have attracted an individual with the talent and experience that Jeff brings to the university.”

Most recently, Sellers served as the director of fund development for the Cincinnati Chapter of the American Red Cross. In this role he managed a comprehensive fundraising program that included direct mail, online giving, major gifts and planned giving. His efforts doubled the number of major donors and significantly increased the organization’s overall number of donors. Prior to his role as director of fund development, Sellers served as a major gifts officer for the Red Cross, managing the largest Biker’s Ball in chapter history and raising more than $165,000 at the annual event for the organization.

Prior to joining the Red Cross, Sellers served as a fundraising manager for the Kids in Need Foundation in Dayton, where he guided and managed the volunteer fundraising and marketing committee of more than 10 members and conducting the Kids in Need’s first $1 million annual campaign. He also provided leadership at Wilberforce University, where he served as a major gift officer for four years before accepting his position at Kids in Need.

Sellers holds an M.B.A. from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio and a Bachelor of Science (cum laude) from Heidelberg College in Tiffin.

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