Since entering the fundraising profession in 1990, I've had the privilege of serving some of the most recognized organizations in the nonprofit sector as a practitioner or consultant.


I'm proud to have supported the advancement of the following organizations' missions:

The Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth
The United Way
The University of Texas at Dallas
The University of Texas at Arlington
The University of Texas at Austin, Longhorn Foundation
The Hockaday School
Cook Children's Health Foundation
Wake Forest Baptist Health
Community Memorial Health, Ventura, CA
Banner Health, Phoenix, AZ
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Children's Medical Center, Dallas
Seattle Children's Hospital
Minnesota Children's Hospital
University of Pennsylvania (Penn Medicine)
Jefferson University Hospitals
Washington National Cathedral
University of Mississippi Athletics
University of Miami
Arizona State University Sun Devil Club
Oregon State University
University of Louisiana Lafayette, Ragin' Cajuns Athletic Foundation
Carnegie Science Center
Henry Mayo Newhall Health Foundation
Turning Point Ministries
Shriners Children's Hospitals
McLaren McComb Foundation
Cottey College
Insight for Living
Marymount University
Virginia Hospital Center Foundation
University of Oregon Athletics
Oregon State University Athletics
Mississippi State University Athletics
University of Alabama, Crimson Tide Foundation
Community Health Network, Indianapolis
Christian Brothers University, Memphis, TN
University of California, Berkeley Athletics
The River Academy
The Oakridge School
Fresno State University Athletics
Operation Smile
Clemson University, IPTAY
St. Mary's University, San Antonio, TX
University of South Carolina
Happy Hill Farm
Lupus Foundation
Abilene Christian University
Saginaw Valley State University
Baton Rouge General Hospital Foundation
Westminster College, Fulton, MO
Susan G. Komen


Career Summary


Nationally recognized philanthropic strategist and fundraising coach, Dr. Gary Cole serves as Chief Development Officer for the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Foundation and Institute. In this
role, Gary is responsible for revenue generation programs including: Reagan Library Members, direct response, major gifts, and Legacy Council planned giving efforts seeking to advance the mission of the Reagan Foundation.
A 28 year fundraising veteran, his areas of special expertise include major gift fundraising, planned giving, campaign planning and management, comprehensive program analysis, nonprofit organizational leadership, donor marketing and engagement strategy development, fundraising practitioner coaching, and board/volunteer training. 

In his service to the nonprofit sector, Gary has played an integral role in building dynamic fundraising teams and programs as well as directing and providing counsel to campaigns ranging from $1 Million to $1 Billion. He has served nonprofit boards in a variety of capacities at the local and national level, including service as a trustee on the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy’s Board of Directors.

Gary has held executive leadership and C-Level positions within the nation's oldest fundraising consultancy as well as independent school, higher education, and pediatric healthcare environments. A practitioner-scholar in organized philanthropy, Gary is a proponent of lifelong learning and frequently publishes white papers and presents at conferences on the changing nature of organized philanthropy in America. As a former member of the faculty of St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, he taught a graduate course in Resource Management covering topics such as nonprofit finance and accounting, human resource management, strategic planning, and the deployment of technology in accomplishing organizational goals.

Gary is a recipient of the Ben Franklin Award for Outstanding Professional Fundraising Executive.



Texas Tech University
Bachelor of Arts, Technical Communication

St. Mary's University of Minnesota
Master of Arts, Philanthropy and Development

Nova Southeastern University
Doctor of Education, Organizational Leadership
(Emphasis on the Not for Profit Sector)

Current & Past Associations

Association of
Fundraising Professionals
(Member/Board Member)

National Association of Athletic Development Directors



Partnership for
Philanthropic Planning

Association of American
Medical Colleges


Association of Healthcare Philanthropy

National Association of Independent Schools


Council for Advancement & Support of Education

Independent Schools
Association of the Southwest