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Dr. John S. Lore Outstanding Fundraising Executive Award

Nina Holden, CFRE

Nina HoldenNina Holden will be presented with the DR. JOHN S. LORE AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING FUNDRAISING EXECUTIVE.

Nina Holden, CFRE, has been a passionate advocate for the fundraising profession for almost two decades, the majority spent in the local area, impacting the City of Detroit and the Southeastern Michigan region.   Nina has shown exemplary leadership as an educator and mentor, including her involvement in the AFP mentorship program, and she has served on numerous AFP committees over the course of her professional career.

Nina's local fundraising career began after returning to Southeast Michigan in 1998, working as a marketing manager at the Detroit-based Coalition on Temporary Shelter (COTS) where she later became a board member. After two years there, heading the formation of COTS corporate fundraising department, Holden joined Vista Maria where she spent four years as Chief Development Officer.  During that time, she oversaw the nonprofit’s first ever capital campaign, raising $2.5 million over a two-year period.

In 2004, St. John Hospital and Medical Center tapped Holden to lead fundraising efforts as its Chief Development Officer.  In her role, Holden headed a team of 9 fundraisers responsible for raising $24 million in FY 2007.  She also oversaw a $30 million capital campaign, and was instrumental in assembling a new local board of directors for the St. John Hospital Foundation which included many second-generation business professionals with a family heritage of giving.  That same year, 2007, Holden was named to Crain’s 40 under 40. 

Holden was appointed to her current position as Vice President for Institutional Advancement at College for Creative Studies (CCS) in 2007.  Holden oversees the marketing and public relations teams, as well as the development team which raised $58 million for the redevelopment of the General Motors Argonaut building, into CCS’s A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education, personally securing numerous multi-million dollar gifts.   Additionally, under her leadership, CCS’s signature fund raising event, the Detroit International Wine Auction, which supports undergraduate student scholarships and free art classes for Detroit kids has more than doubled its revenue, raising more than $15 million since 2008.  Holden’s tenure at CCS during this critical period in Detroit’s recent history, has helped to enhance the College's stature as an anchor institution in the city. 

Nina Holden’s fundraising accomplishments at organizations she has worked and volunteered for have helped shaped the landscape of Detroit.  With her stellar reputation for fundraising, ethics and mentorship of others, Nina Holden is a shining example of a new generation of philanthropy professionals, taking a leading role in transforming society and inspiring other individuals by example.