The Garrison Institute is excited to welcome Steve Varley as their new Chief Development Officer. Steve has been a leader in development for 15+ years, making an impact in fundraising efforts at Gardner-Webb University, Yale University, the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, UNC Pembroke, and National Public Radio.
Most recently, Steve served as Director of Major Giving at National Public Radio, Inc. As a key leader of the NPR Foundation’s annual fundraising goal ($40 million), he maintained an active major gift portfolio of New York City leaders as well as other major and principal gift donors in the northeast. The portfolio comprised 150 high-net-worth major donor prospects, with focus on unrestricted gifts and gifts to support NPR’s key initiatives: climate, misinformation, collaborative journalism, and international.
Steve also served as the President and Vice Chancellor for Advancement of the UNC Pembroke Foundation. In this role, Steve led a staff of 14 to three consecutive record fundraising years in Foundation history, totaling $23M. He and his team also doubled alumni participation rate while establishing and maintaining a major and principal gift prospect portfolio and implementing a moves management system.
At the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, Steve worked as Vice President for Development, responsible for a comprehensive fundraising program raising $23.5M in 2019 and $25M in 2018. Steve led the MMRF’s development and communication strategy for their $100M fundraising campaign while maintaining a robust portfolio of individual high net-worth prospects and established donors.
While at Yale University, Steve served as the Associate Dean of Advancement at the School of Nursing from 2010 – 2018. In this role, he elevated fundraising from an average of $2.75M annually to more than $6M in 2018, and directed all aspects of fundraising for the school, including grant writing, major and principal gift fundraising, prospect strategy, alumni relations, and event management.
Reporting to Karen Doyle Grossman, Executive Director, Steve will be part of the senior management team and oversee the Senior Development Associate. Steve will raise a minimum of $2.5M per year at the Institute, primarily through individual, major, and foundation support. Steve is eager to lead fundraising efforts across the organization, bolster the relationships with multiple audiences, and secure funding to ensure program growth and longevity. With his strategic and systems-oriented mindset, Steve will set the foundation and priorities for development at the Institute.
About Garrison Institute
Established in 2003, the Garrison Institute is a not-for-profit, non-sectarian organization that explores the intersection of contemplation and engaged action in the world. The Institute strives to apply the skills and wisdom cultivated through contemplative practice, together with the insights emerging from science, to today’s urgent social and environmental challenges, leveraging transformational change and helping build a more compassionate, resilient future. The Institute achieves their mission through a variety of programs, including Contemplative-Based Resilience, Pathways to Planetary Heath, The Garrison Institute Fellowship, and more. For more information, please visit https://www.garrisoninstitute.org/