With over 20 years experience in the field of fundraising Matt Wasserman is the founder of MPW Strategies. Throughout his career, he has developed and integrated innovative fundraising practices, and in this role, he continues to realize a passion for guiding institutions to reach to new heights in funding.
Wasserman previously served as the vice chancellor of development for the University of Colorado Denver, where he directed philanthropic activities for CU Denver since 2010, achieving 300 percent revenue growth in three years. Additionally, he oversaw the successful execution of the CU Denver Creating Futures Campaign that raised over $84 million. Wasserman started at the University of Colorado Foundation in 2007, overseeing development for the CU Denver Business School. He played a prominent role in the campaign for the school’s new home, which opened in early 2012.
Before joining the CU Foundation, he was co-founder and partner of the Denver Development Group (DDG), a nonprofit and political fundraising consulting firm that represented several area organizations and Colorado elected officials. Wasserman also served as the membership manager for the Denver Art Museum, where membership numbers reached an all-time high in 2004 under his management. He previously worked for several state and national political campaigns.
Wasserman received a BA in political science from Colorado State University and an MBA from the University of Colorado Denver. Matt is a frequent presenter and trainer for the Colorado Nonprofit Association, Institute for Leaders in Development, and Association of Fundraising Professionals. His community involvement includes serving on the board of the Governor’s Residence Preservation Fund and the Downtown Denver Partnership Membership Committee. Matt lives in Aurora, Colorado, where he and his wife, Jackie, spend time with their two children and two dogs.
Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) in 2005, and is completing the Certificate in Fundraising Operations from Rice University’s Center for Philanthropy. He also has public speaking experience with advisory boards, campus professional development conferences, and other government, professional and charitable organizations.
In a professional fundraising career spanning more than two decades, John Pepperdine has developed expertise in seven and six-figure donor solicitation and management. He has been instrumental in raising over $150 million through campaigns and drives for universities and other organizations.
As special fundraising consultant for Metropolitan State University of Denver for the past two years, Pepperdine rebuilt the major, planned giving, communications and stewardship operation by introducing a relationship-focused donor management system. The updated system increased major gifts from $1.8 million to $6 million within a year. In 2017 he achieved a record-breaking fundraising year with $7.3 million, up from $3.2 million and more than double any year in the university’s history.
Pepperdine also has extensive fundraising experience with other universities in Kansas and Colorado. He served as associate vice president, advancement operations, at the Colorado School of Mines from 2013 to 2015. He was associate vice president and vice chancellor of development at the University of Colorado Foundation and University from 2005 to 2013. From 2000 to 2003 he was development director at the William Allen White School of Journalism at the Kansas University Endowment Association.
Earlier in his career Pepperdine was a senior consultant with Hartsook Companies Inc. in Wichita; manager of government relations at the American Cancer Society in Topeka, and deputy finance director for Missouri Gov. Carnahan’s Campaign Committee. In 1995 he served as a White House intern.
Pepperdine holds a bachelor’s degree with a major in history and political science and a master’s in public administration, both from the University of Kansas. He became a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) in 2005, and is completing the Certificate in Fundraising Operations from Rice University’s Center for Philanthropy. He also has public speaking experience with advisory boards, campus professional development conferences, and other government, professional and charitable organizations.
Qualifies for Excellence in Nonprofit Principles and Practices. Completion of a post-training evaluation is required for this training to count toward recognition.