Held Named Director of Philanthropy Research and Strategy

Held_MichelleAfter a national search, Michelle Held has been named Director of Philanthropy Research and Strategy at Hilbert College.

“Michelle brings significant expertise in development research, prospect management, fundraising, and campaign management to Hilbert,” stated Kelly Smith, Hilbert’s Vice President for Institutional Advancement.  “Her broad knowledge of fundraising campaigns, donor prospecting and research, and strategic planning will provide an invaluable and vital contribution to the advancement initiatives at Hilbert.”

Held most recently served as the Director of Campaign at Genesee Community College, where she spearheaded a successful $5 million comprehensive capital campaign.  The campaign surpassed its goal for new buildings and endowed scholarship funds.  At Genesee Community College, Held oversaw the department’s strategic planning, budgeting for revenue growth and sustainability, and market development for fundraising, which included donor prospecting and research, cultivation, and stewardship.  She also coordinated the development department’s daily operations, supervised all staff, and facilitated the college’s scholarship and endowment program.

Held earned both her Master of Science in Communication and Leadership and her bachelor’s degree in communication studies from Canisius College.

Held and her husband, Phil, reside in Williamsville, NY.