Higher Ed Live is excited to welcome our new host Cameron J. Hall, Director of Annual Giving at Augustana College (Rock Island, IL), on Advancement Live.
Cameron joins Andrew Gossen, Jon Horowitz, and Kim Infanti as co-host on Advancement Live.
As a progressive and forward-thinking fundraising and engagement strategist with proven experience in donor acquisition and retention through annual giving, alumni engagement and donor relations, Cameron J. Hall serves Augustana College (Rock Island, IL) as the Director of Annual Giving. There he leads a team that is responsible for providing oversight of the college’s strategic fundraising and engagement efforts through direct marketing, digital marketing, and telemarketing. He also provides guidance as it relates to financial generosity and engagement with several of the college’s volunteer groups, and he oversees one of the college’s largest volunteer groups, Class Representatives.
Prior to working with Augustana College, Cameron started his career at the University of Montevallo (Montevallo, AL) as the Call Center Manager for the Annual Fund where he significantly increased the university’s number of new donors by ten times the amount that the university had done in the previous year. He then joined The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) as the Assistant Director of Annual Giving programs for telemarketing and student philanthropy. At UNCG, he worked to increase new donor acquisition for the colleges and units of the university, and he developed a student philanthropy committee within the Student Alumni Association, which was aimed at educating the student body of the importance of financial generosity.
Cameron obtained his bachelor’s of arts degree in political science from the University of Montevallo. He is a member of the Association for Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Next Generation Committee and of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network. His experience spans strategic advancement marketing and nonprofit and volunteer management.
“Cameron’s demonstrated success with fundraising speaks for itself — he’s achieved impressive results at the institutions he’s worked for. Cameron’s perspective and areas of expertise are a terrific complement to our team of hosts on Higher Ed Live. We look forward to learning from him in the months to come! — Mallory Willsea, Executive Producer, Higher Ed Live
Get to know Cameron
Why did you decide to pursue this opportunity?
One of my mentors at Augustana College suggested that I look for opportunities like Higher Ed Live to help me accomplish something that I love to do — engage in meaningful conversations and collaborations with colleagues about best practices and trends in advancement and alumni relations.
Who is one person that influenced your career?
One person who significantly impacted my career is Kimberly Hunter, my first supervisor in advancement. Kimberly offered me my first position in higher education advancement as the Call Center Manager for the Annual Fund at the University of Montevallo — a position that I had not applied for. Kimberly and others remembered me from my leadership and involvement in the student government association and other student organizations on campus. Later, I learned that she also knew me from my leadership roles in church. Kimberly taught me everything that I needed to know about the basics of fundraising, and when she felt that I had quickly outgrown my position, she helped me find my next role at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and served as my mentor and prayer warrior.
What is your favorite book?
This year I made the commitment to only read books written by authors of color, and my favorite book for the year, so far, is I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown.
What is your life’s motto?
“I will sing unto the Lord because he has dealt bountifully with me.” Psalms 13:6
Viewers may recognize Cameron from his recent episodes on Advancement Live: Giving Days: Why Partnerships Matter.
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