How College of the Holy Cross is raising the philanthropic bar with the support of talented fundraisers

Founded in 1843 in Worcester, Massachusetts, the College of the Holy Cross is among the nation’s leading liberal arts institutions. A highly selective, four-year, exclusively undergraduate college of 2,900 students, Holy Cross is renowned for offering a rigorous, personalized education in the Jesuit, Catholic tradition.

In 2017, Development Guild was hired by Vice President of Development Tracy Barlok to recruit a Director of Development and a Director of Gift Planning. At that time, the College had raised more than $250 million in support of its $400 million Become More Campaign and had recently surpassed 50% participation in alumni giving and senior Parent Giving for its 10th consecutive year. The result of our partnership with Holy Cross was two successful placements, both of whom are fully engaged in the culture and community of the College and are making significant contributions to Holy Cross’ advancement efforts. As of July 2019, the College has raised more than $385 million in support of its campaign and ranks 4th in the nation in alumni satisfaction.


College of the Holy Cross was at a critical stage of its $400M campaign with two key positions open when Development Guild initially partnered with us. They invested in learning what makes our culture special and were quickly able to pinpoint the sort of talent that would thrive here. They brought decades of knowledge and resources to the searches and engaged members of their full team to collect ideas for best fits. I was so pleased with their attentiveness, and they truly cared about reaching a successful outcome. In the end, two very talented development officers joined Holy Cross and are contributing in vital ways to the College’s future.

- Tracy Barlok, Former Vice President, Advancement

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