Eric Thompson | Major Gifts Officer | Email
Eric joined the Rotary Foundation philanthropy team in September 2018 as the new major gifts officer for Zone’s 26/27. A native Coloradan and Westerner, he is very happy to be working with Western Rotarians achieve their charitable ambitions. Eric is your major gifts liaison, based at Rotary Foundation in Evanston, but he travels regularly to districts and clubs in Zone 26/27. For Eric, Rotarians’ leadership in the drive to eradicate polio is one of the most inspiring stories in modern philanthropy, particularly since he had seen first-hand the impact of polio on members of his family.
Eric comes to RI with twenty years of comprehensive fundraising experience, primarily in higher education. In all his previous roles he partnered with alumni, volunteers, and senior leadership in developing vibrant relationships with individual philanthropists, corporations and foundations, and other organizational partners in executing comprehensive capital campaigns. These campaigns were on behalf of Illinois Institute of Technology (College of Architecture and College of Engineering), Purdue University/Calumet, University of Colorado Foundation, and Ragdale Foundation.
Eric holds an MBA from the University of Illinois/Chicago in marketing, entrepreneurship, and human resource management; an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; and a BFA from the University of Colorado/Boulder. Eric has also conceptualized, designed and led many subject matter presentations for the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), Engineering Development Forum (EDF), the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), and the Center for Nonprofit Success. He also served as a subject matter expert/question formulator on the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) testing committee and held the CFRE certification 2006-2013.
Districts: 5390, 5400, 5420, 5440, 5450, 5470, 5520 and 5730