Pursuant Ketchum Names Gary Cole Senior Vice President

Healthcare fundraising expert Gary Cole has joined Pursuant Ketchum's executive development team. Cole will promote professional development services to healthcare providers and lead strategy on client fundraising programs.

Mar 11, 2011, 09:00 ET from Pursuant Ketchum

DALLAS, March 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Pursuant Ketchum, a full-service fundraising and communications consulting firm, recently announced that Gary Cole was named senior vice president of healthcare. Cole has more than 20 years of experience in professional fundraising for healthcare, higher education and independent schools. He will further expand Pursuant's services into the healthcare market, including medical centers, cancer centers, community hospitals and specialty healthcare facilities, and will provide key counsel on client development campaigns.

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"Gary is a scholar and practitioner in the fundraising profession," notes Kristina Carlson, CFRE, president of Pursuant Ketchum. "In the course of his career, he has helped raise $150 million for nonprofit organizations in the U.S. He brings unparalleled experience and wisdom that will benefit the healthcare providers who engage our philanthropic services."

Before joining Pursuant Ketchum, Cole was vice president of development for Cook Children's Health Foundation in Fort Worth, Texas, where he oversaw assets in excess of $600 million. During his tenure, he secured the largest gifts the foundation had ever received, raised the highest fundraising revenue in the history of the foundation, and coordinated a capital campaign that supported the healthcare system's largest capital expansion. In addition to also increasing donor engagement, Cole improved operations, resulting in dramatically reduced expenses for the organization.

Prior to his role at Cook Children's, Cole was vice president of development for the University of Texas in Arlington, Texas, where he led annual giving, major and planned giving, special events and constituent relations. While at UT Arlington, Cole increased philanthropic donations from $4.9 million to $15 million within three years.

"I have dedicated my entire career to nonprofit organizations and the generous donors who support them," says Cole. "The staff and leadership at The Pursuant Group share my passion for this meaningful work, and I look forward to presenting and developing our services to the healthcare sector."

Cole has presented at numerous conferences on leadership, planned giving, capital campaign strategies and other fundraising topics. He is a member of several industry associations, including the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy, the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the National Committee on Planned Giving.

Cole received a bachelor's degree in technical communications from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, a master's in philanthropy and development from St. Mary's University of Minnesota in Winona, Minn., and a doctorate in organizational leadership from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He is also a certified fundraising executive (CFRE) and a past recipient of the Ben Franklin Award for Outstanding Professional Fundraising Executive.

About Pursuant

At Pursuant, we're committed to a single purpose: serving nonprofits and helping them achieve their greatest potential. That's why we offer a complete range of fundraising and marketing communications services across the entire donor relationship pyramid. Our services include interactive and social media constituent outreach, acquisition programs, direct response communication, capital campaign counsel, and outsourced major and mid-level giving services. We serve a wide range of outstanding nonprofit organizations including those in health and human services, education, fraternal organizations, churches and faith-based organizations, and conservative political entities. Learn more about Pursuant and our family of brands (Pursuant Ketchum, Pursuant Sports, RSI and KMA) at pursuantgroup.com.

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