Matthew Wasserman has begun leading fundraising efforts for the University of Colorado Denver's downtown campus. As a senior director of development for the CU Foundation, Wasserman heads up an effort that in 2008-09 raised $4.8 million for the campus' eight schools and colleges serving a student population of 11,000.
For the past two years, Wasserman has been in charge of fundraising for the UC Denver Business School, which received gifts amounting to $3 million, nearly triple its average annual amount. He has played an integral role in the campaign to create a new home for the school at 1475 Lawrence Court. He also has initiated a campaign fundraising model that mobilizes effective volunteer networks and is now being implemented at other schools on the downtown campus.
"Thanks to Matt's diligence and ingenuity, our campaign is ideally positioned for continued growth and success, as we prepare the school to take a substantial step forward," said Sueann Ambron, dean of the Business School.
Before arriving at the CU Foundation in December 2007, Wasserman worked in numerous fundraising and management capacities in nonprofit and political arenas, including as co-owner and president for the Denver Development Group, which raised money for clients such as the Children's Museum of Denver, the Denver Art Museum and Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper's re-election campaign.
Founded in 1967, the nonprofit CU Foundation partners with the University of Colorado to raise, manage and invest private support for the university's benefit. Visit www.cufund.org for more information.