Irv Geffen Joins AFTAU as Southeast Region's Vice President Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Accomplished development executive brings extensive major gifts expertise and investment planning experience
Irv Geffen, a highly experienced development executive with an impressive track record in major gifts fundraising, joined American Friends of Tel Aviv University as Southeast Region Vice President on July 31, 2011.
Geffen joins AFTAU from the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County, where he served as Executive Vice President & CEO, with annual fundraising of $20 to $25 million. He directed all financial resource development, including the annual campaign, foundation grants, and planned giving, and helped manage the Federation's relationships with beneficiary agencies.
Previously, Geffen was the Director of Prudential Management Associates, working with high-net-worth individual, family, and institutional clients to provide investment planning and management. Prior to that, he was a Vice President of Alliance Bernstein Global Wealth Management.
Geffen's earlier career includes stints as a development executive with both the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia and the Jewish Community Federation of Richmond, Virginia, as well as with several public health organizations. He lived and worked in Israel in the 1980s, and was an instructor at Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
Breaking new ground
A skilled presenter, Geffen has conducted dozens of workshops, seminars, lectures, and training programs for development and financial professionals on topics including gift planning, donor and customer relations, major gift and endowment development, and investment planning. He calls AFTAU "a blue-chip organization supporting a world-class university."
American Friends of Tel Aviv University President & CEO Gail Reiss rates Geffen's combination of executive skills and development success a substantial asset.
"With Irv's major gifts expertise, strategic planning talents, and Jewish communal experience, he is uniquely equipped to expand AFTAU's activities to new communities throughout the Southeast Region," she said.
American Friends of Tel Aviv University raises funds in support of Tel Aviv University and sponsors educational, cultural, and social events throughout the United States. The organization's Southeast Region office is located at 2201 NW Corporate Boulevard in Boca Raton, Florida, and includes Georgia, the Carolinas, and Tennessee.
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