California Lutheran University Vice President for University Advancement R. StephenWheatly ’77, J.D., was named 2010 Fundraiser of the Year by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Santa Barbara/Ventura Counties Chapter.
Wheatly, who just experienced his most successful fundraising year (bringing in more than $21 million to CLU), was appointed vice president in 2002 after completing seven successful years as Director of Estate and Gift Planning.
He accepted the vice presidential post during the middle of the University’s largest capital campaign. When the campaign seemed to hit a plateau, Wheatly reinvigorated the staff, board and donors, advancing the $80 million “Now is the Time” campaign to close in excess of $93 million.
Immediately following this campaign, he helped raise funds for the $8.5 million Swenson Center for Social and Behavioral Sciences, which opened this fall, and its $2 million program endowment. More recently, he has spearheaded efforts resulting in groundbreakings on the $8.9 million William Rolland Stadium, $2 million Early Childhood Center and $2.9 million KCLU Broadcast Center.
A past president of the Ventura County Planned Giving Council and the Southwest Chapter of the Association of Lutheran Development Executives and former chair of the ALDE National Ethics Committee, Wheatly currently sits on the board of the Lamplighter Foundation.
Wheatly was honored at AFP’s National Philanthropy Day® luncheon in November. AFP is the professional association of individuals responsible for generating philanthropic support for nonprofit, charitable organizations worldwide. Each year AFP honors individuals and groups who, through their hard work and dedication, have enhanced philanthropy, their communities and the world.