Eric J. Snoek
Eric Snoek, Vice President, joined Grenzebach Glier and Associates (GG+A) in 2012, bringing to the firm nearly 30 years of development and advancement experience for higher education and independent educational institutions. He has also provided pro bono fundraising consultation to non-profit organizations, and served as a Board member in two districts of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).
Eric most recently served as Vice President, Advancement, for the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Interlochen, Michigan where he led the effort to create a unified advancement program with expanded outreach, engagement, and fundraising activities for more than 90,000 alumni and thousands more patrons. He developed fundraising approaches, programs, and appeals to maximize results in the areas of endowed funds, capital projects, public radio underwriting, sponsorships, and restricted gifts, completing funding for two major facilities and securing dozens of new endowed scholarship funds. While managing advancement staff and working closely with members of the Board of Trustees, Eric led an advancement effort that secured a record level of support and generated additional revenue through the creation of several new programs.
Eric also has served as Vice President for College Advancement at Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts, where he was responsible for managing a team of more than 50 advancement staff members. There, he provided leadership and vision for all aspects of Wheaton’s external relations department, which included alumni relations and annual giving, development, advancement services, communications, research, and events and conferences. While in a period between campaigns, his emphasis on a coordinated and systematic advancement effort led to records in annual fund and conference revenue while capital giving was sustained at campaign levels.
Before joining Wheaton College, Eric served as Director of Development at Bucknell University, playing a major role in the leadership of The Bucknell Campaign, which raised $188.3 million against a $150 million goal. He came to Bucknell as Associate Director of Planned and Major Gifts, was promoted to Director of Major Gifts, and then was promoted to serve as Director of Development during the public stage of the campaign. As Director of Development, Eric was responsible for conceptualizing program and individual donor strategies, as well as for managing 32 staff members in annual, major, and planned giving, and in corporate and foundation relations.
Eric has also served as Director of Annual and Leadership Giving at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he built a personal solicitation team to enhance the existing phone and direct mail effort, exceeding program goals. He began his advancement career as a staff member on the UMass Alumni Relations team, where as Assistant Director he conceived and implemented outreach programs for students, alumni, parents, and friends.
Eric holds a bachelor’s degree in communication studies from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He has been a member of several organizations concerned with education and fundraising including the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), and the Foundation for Student Giving.
- Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago (formerly Children's Memorial Foundation, Chicago)
- The Blake School
- Boy Scouts of America
- Colby College