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2020 Manitoba Philanthropy Award Recipients

John Kearsey - Outstanding Professional Fundraiser


Few fundraisers have the opportunity to lead the largest fundraising effort in the history of their province. John Kearsey has that distinction in Manitoba.

As Vice-President, External at the University of Manitoba, Kearsey led the Front and Centre campaign far beyond its ambitious $500 million goal, achieving with his team an incredible total of $626,260,909. Kearsey’s passion for the mission of his organization and his ability to inspire others to support that mission helped create a lasting legacy for the University of Manitoba and our province. His efforts helped create 702 new scholarships and bursaries, establish 21 new research chairs and professorships, and realize 44 new and upgraded building projects. Kearsey is committed to excellence in fundraising, and that is why he is Manitoba’s Outstanding Professional Fundraiser.

John Kearsey was nominated for the Outstanding Professional Fundraiser Award by the University of Manitoba.