About Us

The University of Colorado serves the state, nation and world by providing the highest levels of education, professional training, public service, research and health care. The Office of Advancement and the University of Colorado Foundation support this vision by inspiring philanthropy and investing those gifts in the university.

Advancement guides a vital and clear mission: We aspire to unite benefactors with their passions, elevate grand ideas and prudently manage philanthropy—all to spark enduring support of a university that creates transformative impact in our communities and around the world.

Our Roles and Responsibilities

We engage benefactors to assist them in discovering and investing in ideas that matter to them.

We promote investment in academic endeavors, scholarship needs, medical research, community enrichment, artistic expression and scientific breakthroughs.

We build affinity for the university among our local communities and global partners.

We collaborate with faculty to best reflect their work to university benefactors.

We prudently manage and invest gifts, and ensure they are allocated to match benefactors’ intent.

We do these things and more to augment CU in enhancing lives and boosting ambitious ideas.

Bruce Benson
"The generosity of our alumni and donors has a substantial impact on CU’s people, programs and places. Your passion for our university’s ability to improve lives and further society creates important momentum for our efforts and adds significant value to our work at the university."
Bruce Benson
University of Colorado President

Our Structure

CU Advancement comprises a team of about 250 working at four campuses, a central university office and at the CU Foundation—six distinct jurisdictions that collectively promote the university’s mission and success.

Our Leadership

Johnnie Ray
Vice President of Advancement
Learn more about central Advancement at CU.

Jack Finlaw
CEO and President of the CU Foundation
Learn more about the CU Foundation.

Deb Coffin
Vice Chancellor of Advancement at CU Boulder
Learn more about Advancement at CU Boulder.

Martin Wood
Vice Chancellor of Advancement at UCCS
Learn more about Advancement at UCCS.

Melisa Baldwin
Vice Chancellor of Advancement at CU Denver
Learn more about Advancement at CU Denver.

Scott Arthur
Vice Chancellor of Advancement at CU Anschutz Medical Campus
Learn more about Advancement at CU Anschutz Medical Campus.