Centre College has recently hired Katherine Lander ’03 as the new individual philanthropy advisor and has also promoted Matt Osborne ‘07 as the director of individual philanthropy.
“Coming out of the Third Century Campaign, Centre’s largest to date, and celebrating the bicentennial, it is an exciting time for the College, and I look forward to using that momentum to help lead a team of philanthropy advisors to continue to engage and build relationships with alumni and parents across the country,” Osborne said.
At its essence, Lander said her job is to share a love of Centre and to build and deepen relationships with alumni and friends of the College.
“I look forward to being a part of making transformative projects happen and helping donors realize their philanthropic goals: telling a story that ignites a spark, that inspires a gift, that results in phenomenal work and impact at Centre and beyond,” she added. “If I can do that, or at least make strides toward that, I’ll consider myself successful during my first year in this role.”
Osborne said Centre has done a lot of things right for a long time, and he hopes to continue many of those traditions while utilizing a scientific and data driven approach to increase philanthropic participation.
“We will be adding a new position in the office that will focus on digital engagement to work primarily with younger alumni and those in areas of the country that are harder to reach by personal visits, complementing the work of our current team of philanthropy advisors and the Office of Annual Giving,” he added. “An immediate area of attention is to work with the annual giving team to meet the associates challenge by attaining a record number of 1819 associate level donors.”
A native of Lexington, Kentucky, Lander holds a B.A. in English from Centre College and an M.A. in arts administration from Teachers College, Columbia University. Since graduating from Centre, Lander has focused primarily on non-profit arts and culture management and fundraising, having held positions at Actors Theatre of Louisville, WNET-New York Public Media, Jazz at Lincoln Center and California Theatre Center. She also taught fund development in the arts entrepreneurship program at Purchase College.
Osborne graduated from Centre in 2007 with a B.A. in history and enjoyed a successful stint in political fundraising and was named the 2012 Fundraiser of the Year by the American Association of Political Consultants. After returning to Centre in 2016, he served as director of leadership gifts during the Third Century Campaign. He is currently pursuing an M.A. in philanthropic studies at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.
by Kerry Steinhofer
September 27, 2019