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Nancy Jackson rejoins KU Endowment

July 21, 2023

Veteran fundraiser is the new Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer

Nancy Jackson

KU Endowment is pleased to announce the return of one of its own. Veteran fundraiser and fundraising consultant Nancy Jackson has assumed the role of Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer, effective June 1. In addition to being a member of the senior leadership team, she will oversee all development operations.

Jackson was previously employed at KU Endowment from 2005 to 2007 and again from 2010-2017. She began as Development Director for the Spencer Museum of Art and the College of Liberal Arts (CLAS) and held subsequent roles of increasing responsibility including Development Director & Team Lead, CLAS; Senior Development Director & Team Lead, CLAS; and Assistant Vice President for Strategic Development.

In the years since her last departure, Jackson co-founded Generous Change, which provides tools and training for fundraisers, fundraising managers and academic leaders at universities across the country.

Jackson comes to KU Endowment during its own period of significant change. Last August, KU Endowment hired Dan Martin as its new president, succeeding Dale Seuferling who had been with KU Endowment for more than 40 years, 20 as president.

“I couldn’t be more pleased and prouder to return to my alma mater as we embark on an historic campaign,” said Jackson. “I truly believe KU’s combination of excellence and access has never mattered more. It will be an honor to support this talented team, inspiring campus leaders, and dedicated volunteers as we partner with generous Jayhawks everywhere to change lives and create opportunity.”

Added KU Endowment president Dan Martin, “Nancy is coming to KU Endowment at an opportune time. We’re so fortunate to have someone with her skills, talent and passion helping us reimagine how we work with donors to secure the philanthropic support we need for the future. From the new cancer center building to the Gateway project, there are exciting things happening all around us, and I know our donors will play a pivotal role in helping us bring these plans to reality.”

KU Endowment is the independent, nonprofit organization serving as the official fundraising and fund-management organization for KU. Founded in 1891, KU Endowment was the first foundation of its kind at a U.S. public university.

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