UNH Foundation Names New Director of Major Gifts
By Sarah Aldag
December 27, 2001
DURHAM, N.H. -- Mary Flaherty, '71, has joined the University of New
Hampshire Foundation as director of major gifts. Reporting directly to
Foundation President Young P. Dawkins III, she will be responsible for
identifying and building relationships with donors and assisting them
in making significant gifts to the university. She will also manage the
foundation's major gifts team.
"Mary Flaherty comes to us at just the right time," says Dawkins. "Her success in the major gift arena will be very important to us as we work toward the completion of our $100 million Next Horizon campaign for the University of New Hampshire."
A native of Winchester, Mass., Flaherty graduated cum laude from the university with a B.A. in psychology. "After twenty years in California, I am delighted to return to Durham and to the university," says Flaherty. "As a UNH student, I relied on scholarships and work study opportunities to help make ends meet and I understand how critical private support can be for someone who is working hard to realize his or her academic dream."
An accomplished speaker and expert on fundraising, Flaherty has earned high honors from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) for her presentations, including a CASE 10+ workshop on Asking for and Closing the Major Gift. In addition, she has been highly successful in designing fundraising programs and conducting solicitation training for boards, volunteers and staff for many non-profit organizations, including Legal Services for Children, The Learning Resources Network, and the Junior League of San Francisco.