The President and CEO of the University of Maine Foundation is one of two leaders to receive the 2022 national CASE Commonfund College and University Foundation Award.
Jeffery Mills, Ph.D., president and CEO of the University of Maine Foundation, will be recognized for his contributions at the 2022 CASE Conference for College and University Foundations in April.
“This national award is a wonderful recognition for Jeff and his colleagues at the University of Maine Foundation, and for the entire UMaine community,” said University of Maine President Joan Ferrini-Mundy. “Investments in UMaine’s vision and values help us define tomorrow in Maine and beyond.”
College and university foundations are nonprofit organizations that cultivate and manage private assets to support the missions of the colleges and universities with which they are affiliated. This prestigious award recognizes professionals who have made extraordinary contributions to the advancement, quality and effectiveness of their foundations and the sector.
“The CASE Commonfund College and University Foundation Award is considered an outstanding achievement recognizing individuals in our profession who have made valuable contributions through best practice, leadership and distinguished service. The University of Maine is very fortunate to have Jeff lead its Foundation,” said Leonard Raley, Chair of the Awards Selection Committee and President and CEO of the University System of Maryland Foundation, Inc.
Mills, who has more than 29 years in educational advancement, was appointed to the University of Maine Foundation in 2012 as president and CEO after serving as vice president of advancement. scholar and President and CEO of the University of Maine Alumni Association from 2002-05. Highlights of his accomplishments at the University of Maine Foundation include launching a campaign to donations completes with a goal of $200 million, closing out the campaign with over $208 million raised. The campaign also increased fundraising to a record average of $36 million and secured the largest fundraising campaign donation in university history. Additionally, Mills launched the Faculty, Staff, and Administrative Giving Campaign, which raised more than $1.2 million last year.
Most recently, through its ongoing collaboration with the Harold Alfond Foundation, the University of Maine system received a $240 million grant to support academic, student welfare, and athletic activities—at the time the eighth-largest donation in the United States to a public institution of higher learning. education, and the largest ever in New England. Mills will lead private fundraising efforts to make this historic gift come true.
Previously, Mills and his team at Monmouth University in New Jersey received a CASE Award for Most Improved Educational Fundraising, among other CASE awards presented under his leadership.
In his letter of support, Robert Strong, president of the University of Maine Foundation, wrote, “Under Jeff’s leadership, every fundraising campaign during his tenure exceeded his fundraising goal. Strong also notes Mills’ leadership during the merger of the Office of University Advancement and the University of Maine Foundation, leading to greater alignment and philanthropic success.
Sharon Beales, Vice President, Institutional Outreach and Executive Director of Northampton Community College Foundation, will receive second prize. Both Mills and Beales are active members of CASE and have led development programs that have received CASE Educational Fundraising Awards.
The Commonfund College and University Foundation Award is underwritten by the Commonfund Institute, the research and education arm of Commonfund, which provides investment management services to nonprofit organizations.
The University of Maine Foundation has offices in Orono and Falmouth.
Contact person: Monique Hashey, [email protected]