Executive Director - Lisa Weiner
Ms. Lisa Weiner, Executive Director of the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley Foundation, has been a successful fundraiser for nearly 25 years.
She started her fundraising career at Lawrence University (Appleton, WI) where she served the college as its Director of Annual Giving for 13 years (1980-1993). Her achievements during that time include raising the alumni donor participation rate from 23% to 58% – a feat unequaled since she left her position at LU.
During her tenure at Lawrence, she established a highly successful and sophisticated “phonathon” program, as well as the reunion giving, class agent and senior gift programs. Her efforts resulted in tripling the annual giving dollars for LU. She implemented the strategy - and raised the money - for nine successful challenges targeting new and increased gifts.
Lisa served as Director of Annual and Reunion Giving at Duke University Medical Center for one year (1993-1994). She raised $1.3 million for the Duke Medical Annual Fund – the highest total ever raised up to that time.
She returned to the Fox Cities in 1994 because of family obligations and took the position of Executive Director / President of St. Elizabeth Hospital Community Foundation. At St. E’s she was the sole fundraising professional, handling all aspects of giving and the very successful golf benefit. In her nine years with the St. Elizabeth Hospital Foundation (1994-2003), she has consistently raised an average of $1,000,000 annually and increased the endowment from $2 million to over $12 million. She recently retired from that position.
While she was at LU, Lisa’s programs were recognized nationally by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). She received two “Circle of Excellence in Educational Fundraising” awards from CASE (1987 and 1993). She also received the United States Steel Foundation Award (1982) for the “Most Improved Fundraising” program, which was presented through CASE.
She has been a CASE Regional and mini-Conference Speaker numerous times as well as a presenter at an AFP International Conference in 2001. Lisa graduated Magna Cum Laude from Lawrence University and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa during her time there.
Development Coordinator - Pat Rodgers
Ms. Pat Rodgers, Development Coordinator, is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the UWFox Foundation. Her duties include supporting the Foundation's events, including the e.a.t.s. ("educational assistance through scholarship") fundraiser, and other activities that include the annual fund drive, major gift-giving, and planned giving.
Rodgers has a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts from Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA), and a Master's Degree in Music Education from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. She is a resident of Appleton.
She previously held the position of Executive Director of the Fox Valley Symphony for 14 years. Prior to that, Rodgers was the Manager of the Central Wisconsin Symphony in Stevens Point. Most recently, she was employed by The Stubenrauch Architects.