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Dawn Stever, CFRE

Vice President and Senior Consultant

Dawn Stever, Vice President and Senior ConsultantRochester, NY

Dawn Stever joined Ruffalo Noel Levitz as a Vice President and Senior Consultant in Fundraising Management in August 2014. She brings 11 years of experience in higher education fundraising. Dawn works with colleges, universities, hospitals, and other nonprofit organizations to design and implement successful development programs. Her experience includes in-depth strategic planning, new program development, frontline fundraising, collaboration with high-level volunteers, direct marketing, and phonathon management.

Most recently, Dawn was Director of Annual Giving at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for five years. In this role, she led a team of 14 staff members in direct marketing, phonathon, volunteer management, data analysis, and leadership gifts. Under her leadership, Rensselaer's unrestricted annual fund increased by 29 percent in two years, setting a new record for the institution. Her team also successfully launched new programs, such as a 24-hour giving day challenge, a crowdfunding initiative, and athletics fundraising.

Prior to her tenure at Rensselaer, Dawn worked in the Office of Annual Giving at Hartwick College for six years in a variety of roles from Phonathon Coordinator to Director of Annual Giving.

She holds a Masters in Business Administration from Binghamton University and a Bachelor of Arts from Elmira College, where she began her development career as a phonathon caller and a member of the Student Alumni Council.

Dawn has held volunteer leadership positions with the Northeast Annual Giving Conference, the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life, and the Oneonta Family YMCA. She is a former member of the Annual Giving Directors Consortium and the board for the Hudson-Mohawk Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). She is currently a member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors at Elmira College.

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