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Excel as a Fundraising Professional

Excel as a Fundraising Professional

November 10, 2020

“If you have met one foundation, you have met one foundation. Don’t treat all foundations the same.”

Steve Rasmussen

In this episode of The Beacon Podcast, Jeff Jowdy speaks with Steve Rasmussen, executive director of the Andrea Wiatt Carlton Family Foundation. Through their discussion, Jeff asks Steve for advice for fundraising professionals. Steve shares:

  • What he wishes he knew as a fundraising professional after having a funder’s perspective
  • The most important attributes of a successful fundraising professional

About Our Guest

Steve has served the Andrea Waitt Carlton Family Foundation as executive director for the last 20 years. 

He previously served as the Assistant to the President at his alma mater, Doane College in Crete, Nebraska, where he was responsible for three capital campaigns totaling $80 million. He has served on three associations of grant makers, a Governor’s community volunteerism commission and several music performance boards.

Steve has received the Humanitarian Award for volunteer work at Men of Valor, an award from Governor Bill Richardson for several years of chairing the New Mexico Community Volunteerism Commission, Youth Conservation Corps and the Alumni Builder’s Award for Lifetime Achievement from Doane College.

Steve and his wife, Minna, a retired elementary school teacher, are involved with prison ministry. And in his spare time, you might find Steve playing the tuba in his local community band.