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Elizabeth Breidinger, currently Executive Director of Development and Donor Relations at Bennington College, has been named Pingry's new Director of Institutional Advancement, beginning in July. This appointment marks the exciting culmination of a national search, conducted by Doug Cooney of Deerfield Associates, that began when Melanie Hoffmann P '20, '27, Director for 13 years, first shared her intentions to pursue an exciting opportunity in school leadership.
Elizabeth is a long-tenured advancement professional with 13 years of fundraising experience in higher education at the University of Chicago, Brown University, and Bennington College, where she has held leadership positions in alumni relations, development, and major giving. She currently serves as Bennington College's Executive Director of Development, managing a team of ten in major and leadership giving, an annual fund, foundation relations, and planned giving, and spearheading preparations for a $150 million comprehensive campaign, the largest in the college's history. In addition to tripling the size of their development team, she created and implemented new metrics, reporting, and donor relations best practices, as well as a development team training program. She also implemented new advancement services operations, rebranded the Bennington Fund, and reignited a dormant planned giving program.
Prior to Bennington College, Elizabeth spent eight years in various positions at Brown University, her alma mater, rising through the ranks to become Director of Major and Leadership Giving. As both a manager and direct fundraiser herself, she oversaw a seven-person team covering more than 1,000 prospects and soliciting gifts ranging from $50,000 to $5 million. With a knack for establishing comprehensive metrics and goals for her team, she helped to propel the $3 billion BrownTogether campaign launch, and developed hiring, on-boarding, training, and mentoring programs for junior fundraisers.
With her husband, Erik, she has a daughter, Mae, age three. Expressing her passion, she shared, "I have had the distinct privilege of working with an array of alumni and parents on their personal philanthropic goals and I truly enjoy the art of bringing together donor interests with institutional priorities. I am incredibly excited to be joining the Pingry community during this exciting time in the school's history."
A dynamic, sincere, and inspiring leader, Elizabeth will expertly guide Pingry's Advancement Office and serve as an invaluable member of the Administrative Team. We were impressed by Elizabeth's eagerness to join and contribute to an independent school with a strong sense of community, and we warmly welcome her to ours!
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