Don Voss, a veteran higher education fundraising executive and consultant, has joined staff at Monmouth College as a senior development officer.
“Don brings more than two decades of experience in non-profit management, consulting and fundraising to Monmouth,” said Steve Bloomer, vice president of development and college relations. “He has managed capital campaigns for independent schools, colleges, universities and medical centers. He is an award-winning science writer and experienced case writer, providing the ideas and messages that drive capital campaigns forward.”
Working with the School of Communications of Howard University, Voss helped to raise one of the largest endowment gifts in the institution’s history. His work for Jacksonville University‘s capital campaign produced a leadership gift of $19.5 million to renew and expand the university’s school of business. Under his direction, a capital campaign for Provena St. Joseph Hospital in Elgin secured a $5 million gift for its cancer care center, one of the largest in the city’s history.
Voss began his development career in prospect research at one of the prestigious institutions where he did graduate work, the University of Chicago. He went on to positions in fundraising and sponsored research at Tulane University Medical Center. He later served as director of development for the Jack Miller Center for Peripheral Neuropathy at the University of Chicago, focusing on converting scientific research into projects that donors are inspired to support.
“One of my former employers stressed to us that you only get one chance to make a first impression,” said Voss. “Monmouth’s first impression is dynamite. This is a truly wonderful place, and I’m very pleased to be here.”
Voss earned a bachelor’s degree from Wayne State University, a master’s degree from Harvard University and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. His postgraduate work focused on the history of science – specifically in the area of Muslim astronomy. He lives in the Chicago suburb of Deerfield with his wife, Brooke, and son, Matthew, who is a senior at Monmouth.