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What We Do

Our purpose is to connect our alumni, friends, corporations, and foundations with their passions to raise the financial support necessary to advance Colorado State University’s mission and vision. Our 165 employees are on track to raise $165 million dollars this year from over 40,000 donors. Their generous support will go towards creating access and opportunity for our incredible students, faculty, and staff so that they can do what they do best: change the world.

Meet Our Leadership

The Leadership Council wants to hear from you. We encourage open communication among all division team members. Have a question or an idea for improvement? Visit the Leadership Council page and contact us at any time.


With more than 165 employees in more than 26 distinct units, there is a place for everyone in University Advancement. Explore our teams below and find your place.


Fundamental to the success of CSU’s fundraising and engagement efforts, this group provides overall strategy and tactical execution in the areas of constituent experience, donor recognition, gift stewardship, philanthropic communications and University-wide, advancement and presidential events.

* CSU Events
* Donor Relations and Stewardship
* Presidential Engagement
* Advancement Marketing and Communications


These teams are responsible for facilitating meaningful relationships between CSU and its 232,000+ living alumni through the Alumni Association and soliciting broad audiences for gifts on an annual basis.

* Alumni Association Operations
* Annual Giving and Membership
* Alumni Relations


This group of central development teams works with CSU colleges and units to secure financial resources and strengthen contacts and connections for CSU.

* Athletics Development
* Corporate and Foundation Relations
* Engagement and Extension
* Gift Planning
* Enrollment, Academic and Student Affairs
* Pipeline and Prospect Development
* Principal Gifts
* Vice President for Research Advancement
* University Libraries


Comprised of 5 teams, these diverse and agile teams support the Division’s frontline fundraising efforts by deploying business tools and resources that enable future growth and innovation.

* Finance and Data Operations
* Constituent and Gift Information
* Talent Management and HR
* Innovation Technology, Education, and Analytics

Philanthropic Operations

This group serves as one of the Vice President’s principal advisers on advancement and donor matters, crafts an engagement strategy that ensures sustainable long-term growth in philanthropic contributions to CSU, and oversees prospect management and operations for the Office of the Vice President for University Advancement.

College Development

These frontline fundraising teams build and maintain relationships with alumni and friends to garner millions of dollars in financial support for the students, faculty, programs, and facilities of their respective college.

* College of Agricultural Sciences
* College of Business
* College of Health and Human Sciences
* College of Liberal Arts
* College of Natural Sciences
* College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
* Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering
* Warner College of Natural Resources


Colorado State University has a campus culture that is driven by a vision to be the best place to learn, work, and discover. As one of the most progressive and innovative groups on campus, University Advancement is committed to investing in its employees, creating an environment where the status quo is consistently challenged, and being a place passion and authenticity are respected and encouraged. We are also committed to creating a culture where inclusion is a way of life, and diverse is who we are.

Our employees are excited to come to work every day because they believe in what they do, and they love who they work with. Here’s what our employees have to say about being a member of the University Advancement team:

“World-changing work is being done at CSU every day, and to be a part of that makes my job feel meaningful every time I come to work.”

- Jerick Flores, Interim Training Specialist

“We often say that Rams take care of Rams, and that couldn’t be more true in Advancement. Here we invest in our people, provide opportunities to connect in authentic ways, celebrate our shared commitment to CSU’s mission, and find ways to grow and innovate together.”

- Katie Brayden, Associate Director, Donor Relations & Stewardship

“If you’re thinking about working here, apply. It’ll be one of the best decisions you’ll ever make.”

- Alejandro Albanez, Guest Relations Manager

“CSU is as good as advertised. Even though I did not attend Colorado State, I feel like I’ve come home. The transition process was excellent, and it’s easy to see why people never want to leave.”

–John Festervand, Director of Development, College of Agricultural Sciences

“As a first-generation graduate of CSU, I have a strong understanding of the importance of access to higher education. CSU changed my life and shaped so much of who I am today. For me, working in UA allows me to share my love and passion for this institution with others, and inspire their giving in ways that will improve lives and change the world—what more could you ask for in a job?"

- Thea Rounsaville, Associate Director for Pipeline & Prospect Development


University Advancement is committed to increasing diversity and inclusion efforts so that the Division is a welcoming and supportive place for all.

This includes people of any age, culture, mental/physical ability, ethnicity, first generation status, familial status, gender identity and expression, sex, geographic background, marital status, national origin, race, religious and spiritual beliefs, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, veteran status, or different perspectives and ideologies.

Our priorities include training, recruitment and retention of diverse staff, our diversity and inclusion committee, and more. 

Learn more here about our commitment to diversity.


Located in the beautiful town of Fort Collins, Colorado, CSU is a premier land-grant university with world-class programs in education, outreach, and research. CSU has a student body of over 34,000 students, 7,400 employees, 232,000 living alumni, and annual research expenditures exceeding $350 million.

Guided by the five supporting Principles of Community: Inclusion, Integrity, Respect, Service, and Social Justice, the University constantly pursues its mission and vision of access, research, teaching, service, and engagement. And while CSU is a Carnegie Doctoral Research University, the focus of the University still remains firmly focused on providing an unparalleled student experience- in fact, 9 of 10 CSU grads say they would choose CSU again, and more Colorado high school graduates enroll as freshmen at CSU than any other school in the state.


Consistently ranked as one of the best places to live in the U.S., one of the top college towns in the nation, and one of the most educated and healthiest cities in the country, there isn’t a better place to live and work than Fort Collins. The population of Fort Collins enjoys 300+ days of sunshine a year, 315+ miles of bike routes and trails, over 20 craft breweries, a 15 minute drive to Horsetooth Reservoir, extensive park and open space systems, and easy access to the Rocky Mountains and Colorado’s iconic ski areas.