Mike Lamb named 2011 Outstanding Fundraising Executive

Elizabeth King and Mike Lamb

Elizabeth King, WSU Foundation president and CEO, and Mike Lamb, WSU Foundation vice president for planned and annual giving, after Lamb was awarded the 2011 Outstanding Fundraising Executive by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Wichita Chapter. 

Mike Lamb often hears, “I couldn’t do your job – asking people for money – and especially by doing it through their will.” But Lamb, WSU Foundation vice president for planned and annual giving, doesn’t think of it that way. He approaches each meeting as an opportunity to match the needs of the university with the interests of the donors.

It’s that philosophy that led him to be named the 2011 Outstanding Fundraising Executive by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Wichita Chapter during its National Philanthropy Day event Nov. 7 at the Hyatt Regency Wichita.

Lamb started at the WSU Foundation in 1997. In addition to planned giving, he also oversees the Annual Fund for Excellence and previously worked as the director of development for the College of Education. During his tenure with the Foundation, Lamb has had direct or supervisory responsibility for more than $7.4 million in outright gifts and $57 million in legacy gift commitments.

“Mike’s work ethic and strengths embody the Foundation’s core values of integrity, teamwork, relationships and service,” said Elizabeth King, WSU Foundation president and CEO. “He has a deep understanding of the importance of relationship building, and he does so with the utmost of sincerity and integrity.”

“It is an honor to work with WSU alumni and friends and hear the stories of how their WSU experiences made a positive difference in their lives,” said Lamb.

It’s also important to him to see WSU grow and continue its strong reputation within the community and beyond. Lamb is a native Wichitan and WSU alumnus.

Currently, Lamb is focusing on the Promise for the Future campaign to document 100 planned gifts by June 30, 2012. At the end of 2011, 75 new gift-commitments had been received.

Lamb enjoys the privilege and pleasure of ensuring a successful future for Wichita State one relationship at a time.

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