WHAT WE DO:  The goal of your team of Endowment/Major Gift Advisers is to support/assist districts in fund development for The Rotary Foundation, specifically major gifts and bequests.  We work collaboratively with TRF Major Gifts Officers, RRFCs, Area of Focus Major Gifts Initiative committees, and district leaders in identification, cultivation, solicitation, and donor stewardship.

HOW WE CAN HELP: Your Endowment/Major Gifts Advisers support/assist districts in developing fundraising committees and identifying strategies for encouraging major gifts, planned gifts, and bequest commitments.   We do this through on-site training of district teams, support of district initiatives, events, and interaction with individual donors within the districts.

Meet the Big West Endowment /Major Gift AdviserTeam

Tom Walker | Endowment / Major Gift Adviser | Email

Tom is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy with a degree in Naval Architecture; he retired from the Navy after serving 23 years in the nuclear submarine force.

He joined Rotary in 1997 and was the 2007-2008 President of the Rotary Club of Albuquerque. Tom was the 2009 D5520 Newcomer of the Year, the 2010 District 5520 Rotarian of the Year and received the 2013 District 5520 Service Above Self award. He was the 2017 D5520 District Leader of the Year. He has served as Rotary District 5520 Foundation Chair for the years 2010-13, 2016-17 and 2019-21 as well as having served in many other Foundation related positions over the years.

Tom served District 5520 as Governor 2015-16 and as 2016-17 & 2018-19 Vice Governor. He has been an Assistant Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator since 2017; he is also a 2016-2017 recipient of The Rotary Foundation’s Citation for Meritorious Service. He was D5520’s representative to the 2016 Zone 27 Nominating Committee and is D5520’s representative to the 2019 & 2022 Councils on Legislation.

He is a member of the Arch Klumph Society of The Rotary Foundation as well as a Clinton P. Anderson Fellow and Guardian Society member of the Albuquerque Rotary Charitable Foundation. He is a recipient of the Rotary Club of Albuquerque’s Lifetime Service Award. Tom is a nine-year counselor at District 5520 Boys’ Rotary Youth Leadership Award camp and is a facilitator for District 5520’s Rotary Leadership Institute.

Districts: 5000, 5170, 5220, 5230, 5240, 5280, 5300, 5320, 5330, 5340, 5450, 5470, 5495, 5500, 5520, 5730

Wyn Spiller | Endowment / Major Gift Adviser | Email

Wyn is honored to be serving as an Endowment/ Major Gifts Adviser (E/MGA) for Zone 27, helping build our Foundation’s Legacy of Hope.   Wyn is a past Governor of District 5190 (2008-09) and has served in a variety of clubs and District roles since joining the Rotary Club of Grass Valley in 1994. She is the immediate past Zone 25 (now 27) Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator, current District 5190 Rotary Foundation Committee Chair, and Chair of the 2019 Rotary Institute in Denver.

Additional Rotary service includes Vice-Chair and Communications Team member for Zone 25/26, 2016 Council on Legislation delegate, and enthusiastic member of the 2014 Sydney Convention Promotion Committee. Wyn and her husband Steve were honored to be Training Leaders for both the 2011 and 2012 International Assemblies, as well as RI President’s Representatives on several occasions.

Wyn and Steve share a deep commitment to our Rotary Foundation and its humanitarian work, including a special interest in the Rotary Peace Centers and Polio eradication. They are Major Donors as well as Paul Harris, Bequest Society, and Triple Crown members.  Special ‘hands on’ highlights in the field include participating in a NID to India and humanitarian projects in Uganda and Mexico.  Wyn is the proud recipient of The Rotary Foundation’s Citation for Meritorious Service.

Wyn retired as Chairman/CEO of Nevada City Winery in 2014. She and Steve have three grown children pursuing careers in Los Angeles, Austin, and San Francisco.  The family loves traveling together, especially by catamaran.

Districts: 5020, 5030, 5080, 5100, 5110, 5130, 5150, 5160, 5180, 5190, 5390, 5400, 5420 & 5440