Thomas Dart has been named the new Director of Development in the division of University advancement. He is now responsible for managing the university’s fundraising which includes corporate, foundation and planned giving along with alumni donations, research and the well endowed annual fund.
The annual fund is used for direct monetary release to the university’s operating expenses, or that for which tuition alone can not accommodate. Traditionally, alumni, trustees, parents, faculty, staff and friends of the university comprise those who contribute to this annual fund.
The office of University Advancement, primarily responsible for fundraising, marketing and alumni communication, established the paid student calling program, in which current John Carroll students place phone calls to alumni to ask for donations to the university’s annual fund. The program has generated an 85 percent success rate, according to Doreen Riley, Vice President for University advancement. Riley attributes such success to the fact that the university employs actual John Carroll students, rather than outsource the job.
Dart, who assumed this title on September 19th after the position had been vacant for about six months, brings tremendous international experience to the John Carroll community. He served in the Peace Corps in Tunisia, where he met his wife of 26 years.
He then taught History and English at international schools in Greece and Germany for five years. He served as a director of development of the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) for 13 years and spent five of those years as a CRS representative in Rwanda, Burkina Faso and The Gambia.
Dart was the regional director of major gifts for the University of Chicago for two years. He comes to John Carroll after six years as Senior Director for Campaign Leadership Gifts and Executive Director of Development at Dominican University.
“I love it here” said Dart after his fourth day on the job. “I feel so blessed to be at JCU and to have the opportunity to be associated with such a strong university.” He first visited John Carroll five years ago when his son was looking at schools. Dart is the father of five children, and his daughter is now a sophomore at the University.
Dart envisions the success of several initiatives in developing the university. “Right now, I want to learn as much as I can about John Carroll, the alumni and the Jesuit mission.”
Riley says she can not imagine anyone more fit for the job: “He blew all the competition away.”