The Need to Belong
UCM Foundation 2011 Annual Report
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That's Jason Drummond
For Jason Drummond, it's all about people. That's the major reason he's embraced a fundraising career and why he's worked for a health care system foundation, a private religious-based university and a large institution like the University of Virginia.
People are also what brought him to the University of Central Missouri last fall as vice president for development and executive director of the UCM Foundation. The 37-year-old Kansas native enjoys talking with people, especially when he can connect them to causes they are passionate to support.
He's been making changes to craft a donor-centered culture of philanthropy on the UCM campus. For example, the UCM Foundation Board of Directors recently voted to increase its endowment payout by nearly $300,000 in fiscal year 2013, a 63 percent increase over last year.
Drummond knows the decision to raise the rate for the first time in four years required the board's steady leadership and commitment, as well as the generosity of many loyal, outstanding donors. It means some three quarters of a million dollars in financial support for students and university programs.
This type of leadership and donor commitment will be needed to build a program he believes the university needs not only to sustain, but also to grow its mission. Given the potential significant funding decrease expected in state appropriations, he also believes this will be a welcome challenge that staff will embrace.
Drummond's development experience crosses the country but has been focused in the Midwest. He was executive director of the Freeman Health System's Freeman Foundation in Joplin, Mo. From 2007-2010, he served as vice president for university advancement and executive director of the MidAmerica Nazarene University Foundation in Olathe, Kan. He also was assistant director of the University of Virginia Athletics Foundation in Charlottesville, Va.
He earned undergraduate degrees from MidAmerica Nazarene University. He completed his Master of Science in Education and Doctor of Education in Higher Education Administration degrees at the University of Kansas.
"I am impressed and inspired by how much people respect this institution and how willing they are to become personally involved to help UCM reach its fullest potential," Drummond said. "Sometimes we are limited by our own experience and imagination. That is why this effort to help UCM reach its fullest potential is a group effort among all of our constituents."