Albion College has announced the appointment of Matthew vandenBerg as associate vice president for development. VandenBerg, who is currently assistant dean for development and alumni relations at the Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing, will join the College’s Office of Institutional Advancement on January 13, 2014.
“Matt vandenBerg will be a fantastic addition to the advancement program at Albion College,” said Joshua Merchant, vice president for institutional advancement. “He is a knowledgeable and driven fundraiser who will bring added depth and skill to our growing development program. In addition, Matt is passionate about the liberal arts having attended Alma College as an undergraduate.”
In his new role, vandenBerg will lead the College’s major gifts program, corporate and foundation relations, prospect management, research, donor relations and stewardship, and advancement services.
VandenBerg brings extensive fundraising experience to the position. During his nearly three-year tenure at Indiana University, he has planned and launched an ambitious campaign and significantly increased both annual giving and the alumni giving participation rate. As an executive with the consulting firm CCS Fund Raising from 2007 to 2011, he raised over $50 million for academic and research institutions, while directing five major capital and endowment campaigns. In this position, vandenBerg also recruited and trained over 300 top executives, board members, and other volunteers to play leadership roles in campaign fundraising.
Prior to his time with CCS Fund Raising, vandenBerg served as a legislative assistant and deputy press secretary for Congressman Pete Hoekstra from mid-2005 through 2006. He also advised Hoekstra on key issues related to foreign affairs, national defense, and banking policy, and assisted with media relations.
“I have tremendous respect and admiration for Albion College and am thrilled for the opportunity to join the talented advancement team during this important and exciting time,” vandenBerg said. “I look forward to partnering closely with the College’s leadership, trustees, alumni, and friends to help elevate the advancement program to new heights.”
A summa cum laude graduate of Alma College, vandenBerg earned a master of public affairs degree from the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs, specializing in nonprofit management and policy analysis. He became a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) in 2012.
VandenBerg’s wife, Melissa, has held several professional positions in the elementary education field. They have a 10-month-old son, Jackson.