Claire Gadrow

Senior Vice President

I believe philanthropy is an incredibly powerful force that transforms lives and advances society. My commitment to helping organizations achieve ambitious goals is inspired by the clients I serve.

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Biography

Claire Gadrow, Senior Vice President, brings to GG+A broad leadership in the areas of principal gifts, major gifts, planned giving, annual giving, and campaign management. She has a proven track record of success in every facet of advancement with a demonstrated ability to understand the intricacies of sustained giving and constituent engagement.

Before joining GG+A, Claire served as Vice President for Development at the University of Rhode Island Foundation. In this role, she strategically directed the campaign effort for the University’s $250 million comprehensive campaign. Under her leadership, the University’s development operations were transformed and $175 million was raised over the 3.5 years of the silent Leadership Phase. In FY20, the University raised $82 million – the highest in the institution’s history.

Prior to this role, Claire was the Senior Major Gifts Officer for the Sciences and Director of the Brain Science Initiative at Brown University. As part of a $3 billion comprehensive campaign, she directed the major gift effort for the sciences and brain science priorities.

In her nine years at Connecticut College, Claire served as the Assistant Vice President for College Advancement. The institution’s “Campaign for Connecticut College” exceeded its goal and celebrated $211 million raised – a level of philanthropy that transformed one of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges. In 2013, Claire was named the College’s Acting Vice President for College Advancement.

Claire additionally held the title of Director of Planned Giving and Major Gifts at the Rhode Island School of Design. Throughout her eight years in this role, Claire played a significant role in the College’s $85 million comprehensive campaign. Claire began her career as an auditor and tax senior for two international public accounting firms, Deloitte & Touche and Ernst & Young.

Claire is a Certified Public Accountant and received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees from the University of Rhode Island.

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