vice president for university advancement
Jeff Swanson serves as Vice President of Philanthropic Services for the Orange County Community Foundation in Irvine. In this capacity, Swanson provides development leadership to fulfill the Community Foundation's philanthropic mission of encouraging, supporting and facilitating philanthropy in Orange County. He oversees development, leadership giving and gift planning to serve community foundation donors and supports professional advisers to help their clients make smart, well-informed gift planning decisions. Major accomplishments include supporting the endowment building campaigns of 18 nonprofit agencies and guiding annual contributions with $39M received in the fiscal year of 2011-2012, including $7.3M from new donor relationships. He is committed to collaborative work and the empowerment of colleagues and has a passion for inspiring and connecting donors to the mission of the organization to achieve their philanthropic goals.
Prior to working for the Orange County Community Foundation, Swanson served in fundraising capacities for several universities in Southern California, including La Sierra University and Claremont Graduate University. As Associate Vice President for Development at Cal Poly Pomona, he led a dynamic team of development professionals that raised more than $22M in gifts from individuals, foundations and corporations from 2006 to 2008. As Director of Development for the College of Engineering at Cal Poly Pomona, Swanson developed and implemented a highly effective major gift development program that dramatically increased College giving from $750,000 to more than $5M annually over a four-year period. He also played a lead role in attaining $26M in private support for a $52M engineering building campaign.
Swanson holds a bachelor's degree in History and Political Science from Loma Linda University and a master's degree in Education and Leadership from La Sierra University. He is a member of several professional philanthropic organizations, including the National Committee on Planned Giving, and he is the recipient of various professional certificates. Swanson's areas of expertise include corporate and foundation relations, higher education and nonprofit fundraising, complex gift negotiations and solicitation, and strategic planning.