The United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley said it has promoted Paul “Chip” Hurd to the position of chief development officer – the first in the organization’s history.
Laura McHugh, spokeswoman for the organization, said the position was created to capitalize on Hurd’s skills.
“We want to see an increase in planned giving and endowments,” she said. “He has a great deal of experience in major giving and, under his leadership, donations have increased dramatically.”
The organization said Hurd has led its resource development team to consistent, year-over-year campaign increases, resulting in a 50 percent growth in revenue over the four years he has been with the UWGLV. In 2017 the organization raised $13.1 in donor revenue. Revenue from endowments was $2.4 million that year.
Hurd most recently served as vice president of resource development at UWGLV and was responsible for overseeing the fundraising component of the organization.
In his new role, Hurd will aid in raising resources for impact and lead the resource development team with an increased focus on planned giving and growing UWGLV’s endowment.
Hurd holds a bachelors in communications from Muhlenberg College and a masters of science in telecommunications from Kutztown University. He currently serves on the Muhlenberg College Alumni Board.
McHugh said they have chosen a candidate to fill the associate vice president of resource development role and an announcement will be made shortly.