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CC Fund Welcomes New Executive Director
Allen Rosso has joined the Alumni Office as executive director of the Columbia College Fund. Rosso is an industry leader in annual giving with 17 years of experience. He started at Columbia in mid-October after working at Mindframe, a startup that develops technology and social media solutions to enhance relationship-based fundraising. Prior to joining Mindframe, Rosso was executive director of annual giving at Chicago and Vanderbilt.
At Chicago, he managed the college’s and the university’s annual giving campaigns, raising in excess of $18 million annually, and led a staff of 25. He managed the college reunion program, launched a revamped class-based volunteer program that resulted in a threefold increase in the number of volunteer solicitors and made major strides in increasing participation from alumni and from seniors. At Vanderbilt, Rosso managed the annual giving programs for eight schools and the library system, increasing annual fund dollars by 27 percent and participation by 9 percent; managed a faculty, staff and community giving campaign; created a consistent donor stewardship program; and managed recruitment and renewal for an annual giving society.