GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro is pleased to announce that Gordon D. Soenksen has joined the Foundation as its new Chief Development Officer.

Gordon Soenksen

Soenksen brings an enormous amount of strategic fundraising experience to the Foundation. Most recently, Soenksen served as the Associate Vice President of Principal Gifts at Wake Forest University, where he led the university’s principal gifts efforts in preparation for its next comprehensive capital campaign. He also played a key role in collaborating with advancement colleagues, university leaders and trustees on prospects in the $10 million range and higher.

He joined Wake Forest’s Schools of Business in 2009 as the Associate Dean for Advancement. During that time, the school raised $53 million in new gifts and commitments for Farrell Hall, the new home of the business school.

From 2004-09, Soenksen was the Associate Dean for Development and Alumni Relations at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. Prior to that position, he was Vice President for Advancement at St. Olaf College, Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Guilford College and Associate Director of Development and Director of Capital Programs at The University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.

A longtime resident of Greensboro, Soenksen is married to Pat Soenksen, president and CEO of Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro. He holds an MBA degree from the University of Chicago.

Soenksen’s hiring comes at an exciting time in The Community Foundation’s evolution. Now marking its 30th year, the Foundation is in the midst of a transformative five-year strategic plan that, among other things, calls for a significant increase of its assets, which now exceed $150 million.

“What a great honor it is to join the team of The Community Foundation at this exciting time for our community – and for the Foundation,” Soenksen said. “The Foundation’s description of its guiding purpose, ‘…we can do more working together than any of us can accomplish separately,’ inspires us all to seek innovative solutions to meeting our community’s emerging needs, opportunities and challenges. A lively community spirit has captured the essence of Greensboro for generations past and will for generations to come. That is just who we are.”

Walker Sanders, president of The Community Foundation, expressed his enthusiasm for Soenksen.

“We are really thrilled to have Gordon join us – particularly now, as we move ahead with some terrific goals and important new projects,” Sanders said. “Gordon’s background, vision and expertise are a perfect fit for us at this point. He has a long, impressive track record of major fundraising successes, and he will play an integral part in helping us reach the new levels we have set for ourselves and for the community.”