Denver Athletics & Recreation Names Aimee Mandolini Director of Development for Major Gifts

Oct. 16, 2017

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DENVER – The University of Denver Division of Athletics and Recreation has named Aimee Mandolini Director of Athletics and Recreation Development for Major Gifts, Associate Vice Chancellor for External Affairs Brandon Macneill announced on Tuesday. 

“We are thrilled to welcome Aimee to the team,” Macneill said. “She is a proven professional in this field with tremendous relationships already in place. Denver Athletics has become the model program in the country. For us to remain as a national leader, we rely on the incredible generosity and support of our amazing friends, alumni, parents and former student-athletes.  Aimee will be instrumental in our continued trajectory in record-breaking philanthropy for the Division of Athletics and Recreation.” 

In 2016-17, Denver’s Division of Athletics and Recreation set a new record for cash commitments since turning Division I, receiving 5.25 million dollars from over 3,300 donors. 

“I could not be more pleased to have Aimee join us,” Vice Chancellor for Athletics, Recreation and Ritchie Center Operations Peg Bradley-Doppes said. “Her experiences, energy and work ethic will fit in perfectly with our culture in this division. Aimee will no doubt play a major role for us in the future as we look to endow all of our programs, varsity and club programming alike. We now have a full advancement team in place which will ensure sustainability for all of our programs.” 



Mandolini comes over to the Division of Athletics and Recreation from the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver, where she had served as the Director of Development since 2013. While with Daniels, Mandolini has led the College’s fundraising efforts for nearly five years in terms of dollars raised, having raised 5.5 million dollars in major and annual gifts while managing a portfolio of 175-200 prospective and current donors. 

Prior to her stint at Daniels, Mandolini spent five years as the Development Manager for the Illinois Network of Charter Schools in Chicago, exceeding revenue goals and fundraising 3.6 million dollars in 2012. 

"DU's Division of Athletics and Recreation is a world class program and the opportunity to work closely with Peg, Brandon and the team is an experience I hold in the highest regard,” Mandolini said. “I'm excited to join and help to support DU's coaches, our student-athletes and the incredible fan base - a group I've gotten to know and respect since I came to DU nearly five years ago." 

In addition to the new hire, former Director of Development Ryan Lowe has been promoted to Assistant Athletics Director for Development. Lowe is in his fifth year with the Pioneers’ advancement team. 

“Ryan is well deserving of this promotion,” Macneill said. “Our annual fund continues to grow and set records in both donors and dollars raised each of the last six years, and Ryan is a major reason why. Ryan is an excellent representative of DU and through his hard work he has helped us create multiple new scholarships for the division as well as playing a significant role in capital projects.” 


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