On this episode of the RAISE podcast, Brent Grinna sits down with John Feudo, Vice Chancellor of Advancement at UMass Lowell. John believes that advancement is more than a job that ends at 5 o’clock, or even a career. It’s a lifestyle that requires you to be fully invested in the goals of your institution. Over the course of his career, he’s been asked how he can work for a rival school’s alumni organization. His answer is simple — he believes in the mission and he believes in improving the lives of students and alumni.
He’ll share lessons learned from mentors and from experiences with major gift donors. According to John, you’re always nervous making the ask, but when you prepare, research and listen to your gut, you’re usually on the right track.
As far as famous donors, he’s met one of the biggest. Last year, UMass Lowell hosted Oprah Winfrey for their Chancellor Speaker Series. He had a chance to meet Oprah and he’ll share that story on the podcast. You don’t want to miss this episode.
Vice Chancellor for Advancement
University of Massachusetts at Lowell
John Feudo is Vice Chancellor for Advancement at UMass Lowell, leading a team of 46 staff members through the university’s first-ever fundraising and engagement campaign.
He formerly served as SVP of development and Chief Development Officer for United Way of Massachusetts Bay. Prior to arriving at United Way, Feudo spent eight years at his undergraduate alma mater, Boston College, as well as University of Connecticut Alumni Association, the UMass Amherst Alumni Association.
John’s expertise has been sought by more than 200 colleges, universities and organizations around the world. He is also an award-winning speaker and author, having published six books in the field of advancement.