Announcing EverTrue’s First Ever 40 Under 40 List: A List of the Most Impressive Young Fundraisers Working Today

Press Release (September 18, 2019)

"To be able to recognize advancement leaders across the country who are doing such incredible work and really changing the game is a huge privilege." - Brent Grinna, CEO

Today EverTrue is excited to announce its inaugural 40 Under 40 class, comprised of the most influential young fundraisers working today. After a thorough and comprehensive search, this is the group EverTrue feels is at the forefront of pushing the industry forward, and the team is excited to share the winners’ stories, accomplishments and aspirations with the entire advancement world.

Right now, fundraising is in an interesting place. Finances are being squeezed from all sides and philanthropy is more important than it’s ever been. But with individual donor giving at its lowest point in the last 50 years, flat is considered the new up.

On the other hand, there are more tools and data available to fundraisers than at any point in history. But it’s up to the creative minds within advancement to make sure the industry is taking advantage of every available asset and using them to inform and execute strategies that connect with donors.

This group is helping to lead that charge. They’re taking new approaches, rethinking the classics and challenging themselves and their teams to adapt to the new, digital-focused world we live in.

The names in this 40 Under 40 list work across every aspect of development, from annual giving to major gifts, prospect research to communications, athletics to events.

EverTrue is excited to see what they’ll do in the future and have no doubt each and every person on this list will be among the next generation of advancement leaders.

“The measure of true love and dedication to this profession is how willing are you to take risks” said EverTrue CEO Brent Grinna. “To challenge the way things have always been done, to look under the hood and have those difficult conversations that go against the status quo. The folks on this list do the brave work every day of bringing the industry to its full potential. They’re top performers, yes; but they’re also game-changers. And they’re so deserving of this recognition.”

EverTrue called for nominations this past spring, and after collecting submissions from across the country, embarked on the difficult task of whittling the list down to just 40 names. After looking at each nominee and assessing how innovative, impactful, strategic and passionate they are, the judges are ready to reveal the final list of names.

It’s a list EverTrue hopes shines a light on not only these individuals, but their institution and young advancement professionals as a whole. There are many worthy professionals who could have been recognized for their hard work, and EverTrue intends for this to be just the start of acknowledging the innovation being done across the industry.

“Recognition is so important,” said Grinna. “And to be able to recognize advancement leaders across the country who are doing such incredible work and really changing the game, well, that’s a huge privilege. After seeing our list of 40 Under 40 nominees and winners, I am more excited than ever about the future of advancement. It’s in good hands!”

All winners are below and view EverTrue’s full 40 Under 40 list here.

Cutler Andrews, Emory University
Kim Arredondo, Ransom Everglades School
Erica Arroyo, University of Miami
Marianna Barry Boyd, Tulane University
Ashley Budd, Cornell University
Martha Callaghan, University of Richmond
Christopher Campbell, Oklahoma State University Foundation
Adam Compton, North Carolina State University
Meggie Cramer, Rush University Medical Center
Laura Day, Williams College
Anne Dean, George Washington University
Sean Devendorf, Tufts University
Jennifer Doak-Mathewson, University of Connecticut Foundation
Marie Duncan, University of Idaho
Nic Emery, Salisbury School
Matthew Ewing, California Polytechnic University
Adam Fentress, University of Virginia
Nick Fulton, The Rams Club, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Ciara Ginyard, Alpha Omega Epsilon National Foundation
Christen Gowan, Union College
John Grice, University of Wisconsin Foundation
Eric Holderness, Kansas State University Foundation
Shannon Hood Smith, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Kim Infanti, Syracuse University Office of Alumni Engagement
Caitlin James, Davidson College
Allison Kerivan, Bentley University
Scott Kleinheksel, Whitman College
James A. Knapp, The Cushman School
Kirsten Lundeen, Boston University
Blake MacIver, The University of North Carolina System
Deidra Miles, University of Massachusetts, Lowell
Tim Murray, Yale School of Management
Sarah Myskin, DePaul University
Melinda Phillips, Vanderbilt University
Kaitlin Provost, Cornell University
Stephanie Quinn, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital
Hilary Rouse, Concord Academy
Kyle Vaughn, Ashland University
Aric Walton, Bowdoin College
Carly Welter, Dartmouth College


About EverTrue

EverTrue’s software, powered by exclusive TrueView insights, gives fundraising teams a comprehensive view of every donor by connecting their data to a hub of social and demographic information sources. Today more than half of the top 100 colleges use EverTrue’s modern, mobile-first platform to engage alumni, fundraise, discover prospects, manage gift officer portfolios, and coordinate volunteer programs. EverTrue is headquartered in Boston, MA and is backed by University Ventures and Bain Capital Ventures. Visit EverTrue at