Richard Collins

Richard Collins

Richard Collins has extensive experience in educational fund raising, having served at professional schools, major research universities, liberal arts colleges and public universities.

In addition to his work with Ashley & Associates, Rich has been the Associate Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations at the George Washington University, a position he has held since 2003 where he leads the law school advancement program. Over the past 7 years, Rich has led GW Law’s successful $70M 150th Anniversary Campaign. Over the course of his work at GW Law alumni participation has doubled, while annual giving has grown from $900,000 to $2.1 million.

While Rich has been at GW Law, he was elected Chair of the Association of American Law School’s (AALS) advancement section; has been AALS advancement section conference chair and has spoken on a wide variety of development, alumni and communications topics.

Prior to serving as associate vice president, Collins was Vice President for Advancement at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C; rebuilding their alumni and development programs. From 1994 -2000, Collins served as Associate Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations at the University of Louisville and was Campaign Director for Louisville’s successful Bicentennial Campaign. While at Louisville, the campaign and development staff received numerous awards from CASE, including Volunteer of the Year, Fund Raising Improvement, Campaign Video, and Campaign Communications program.

Earlier, Rich led the development and support service departments at the University of Miami in Coral Gables Florida. Collins also served in various development officer roles at Union College, SUNY Albany and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Over the course of his career, Collins has been a panelist and speaker on topics including annual fund performance and ROI, campaign design and management; and volunteer management.

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