University of Pittsburgh
October 3, 2001

Pitt's Top Fund-raiser Honored by Professional Association

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October 4, 2001

PITTSBURGH—Carol Carter, vice chancellor for institutional advancement at the University of Pittsburgh, has been honored by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Western Pennsylvania Chapter, as the 2001 Outstanding Fund Raising Executive. Her name will be included in the program for the 16th Annual National Philanthropy Day in Western Pennsylvania luncheon Nov. 14, and she will receive the award at the 2002 Spring Fund Raising Day and annual meeting of AFP.

Carter, who assumed her current position with the University in January 1997, is responsible for directing both Pitt's development and alumni relations programs. Under her leadership, the University launched its largest ever capital campaign last October, with the goal of raising $500 million by the end of 2003. To date, the campaign has raised $432 million.

A Maryland native with the bachelor's degree in biology from Western Maryland College and the Master of Education degree in human development from the University of Maryland, Carter began her development career at Western Maryland College, which she now serves as a member of the board of trustees and chair of the institutional advancement committee. She moved to Pittsburgh in1982, working for Carnegie Mellon University for 11 years in various development positions, ultimately serving as associate vice president for development. She was director of development at Pitt's School of Law during Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg's tenure as law school dean.

AFP's philanthropy awards recognize achievement by individual philanthropists, volunteers, professional fund-raisers, organizations, foundations, corporations and businesses, and youth. Among the qualifications necessary to earn the Outstanding Fund Raising Executive Award are service as an effective advocate for growth and development of the profession; demonstrated commitment to philanthropy and to donors; a thorough knowledge of an organization and its causes, along with an ability to present a compelling case to constituencies; service in a pivotal role as a catalyst for positive change in increased philanthropic support; demonstrated comprehensive understanding of the art and science of seeking funds and a strong desire to use that knowledge to improve practices and programs; and at least 10 years as a fund-raising professional.