Derek C. Bellin

Senior Vice President

“Chance favors the prepared mind” – Louis Pasteur


Derek Bellin, Senior Vice President, brings to GG+A over 30 years of experience in advancement strategy, major and principal giving, industry and foundation relations, marketing and strategic communications. He is a member of the firm’s Academic Medicine/Healthcare practice area and Senior Leadership Council. He has led both the philanthropic campaigns and rebranding and communications efforts for R1 private research universities and renowned healthcare systems throughout the country.

Prior to joining GG+A, Derek served as the Associate Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs for the Office of Advancement at the University of Colorado Boulder. As the principal advancement strategist for executive and academic leadership, Derek led a team of 170 advancement professionals focusing on philanthropy, alumni and donor relations, sesquicentennial campaign planning, and advancement marketing and communications. He doubled the university’s annual philanthropic productivity to $220 million and launched a $40 million social impact investment fund in partnership with university research and innovation.

Before joining UC Boulder, Derek held the title of Senior Consultant with Freeman Philanthropic Services, LLC. There, he directed campaign feasibility studies and executive recruitment of chief enterprise-level officers for higher education, advocacy, and research-intensive institutions.

Derek additionally served as the Senior Vice President, Chief Communications, Marketing and Philanthropy Officer at Lahey Health, a $2 billion healthcare system with international patient care, medical education, and research mission. As a member of the executive team, Derek led the integration of legacy marketing, communications, philanthropy, government, and community impact teams of thirteen new member organizations to create a system-wide advancement operation of 125 professionals. Under his leadership, Lahey Clinic launched the Lahey Health brand doubling awareness, and principal and grateful patient giving programs, reversing a 12-year decline in philanthropic results and quadrupling fundraising productivity.

Earlier in his career, he served as Vice President for University Relations and Chief Development and Marketing Officer at Case Western Reserve University and Assistant Vice President for University Development and Alumni Relations and Executive Director of the $2.2 billion Campaign for Columbia at Columbia University with comparable improvement in fundraising results, donor, patient and alumni satisfaction at both institutions.  Derek began his advancement career at Stanford University in the Office of Medical Development during their $1B Centennial Campaign.

Derek received his B.S. in Resource Economics and Political Science at the University of Vermont and has been professionally recognized for his work by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, Public Relations Society of America, PR Week, the Holmes Report and the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

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