Terrel White, the newly named director of advancement at The Center for Nonprofit Excellence in Charlottesville, Va., who worked in Michigan for many years and still serves on the boards of many Michigan organizations, has been honored as one of the five Outstanding Young Professionals by the Association of Fundraising Professionals in Arlington, Va.
“Winning this award is a great honor. In my community alone, I work with some incredibly dynamic and inspiring young professionals, so to have been selected amongst a global audience feels epic,” says White. “It feels fantastic to be seen and supported by colleagues who recognize my passion for my work and what I do, even outside of work.”
White has served as a fundraising professional for 12 years, building his frontline fundraising career by supporting nursing education initiatives at the Wayne State University College of Nursing. During his time there, White transformed the college’s Giving Day campaign and Nurse’s Week event programming and implemented new initiatives that significantly increased donor engagement and donor-centric solicitations.
Prior to Wayne State, White worked as a program center manager with Ruffalo Noel Levitz and served as a fundraising consultant to support various annual fund programs for institutions of higher education, most notably, the University of Nebraska Foundation, as well as Washington University in St. Louis.
White is a member of the AFP Greater Detroit Chapter and is actively engaged with LGBT Detroit and Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit, where he also serves as a board member.
“On behalf of everyone at AFP, I want to offer my congratulations to Terrel White, one of our amazing Outstanding Young Professionals this year,” says Mike Geiger, president and CEO of AFP. “He embodies a wealth of knowledge, commitment and passion to philanthropic fundraising that’s impressive and admirable. We look forward to showcasing his impact and dedication at AFP in Las Vegas later this year, and we’ll be keeping an eye out for what he’ll do next in his professional career.”