Conner Prairie, one of the nation’s top outdoor history museums, has named Andrew Bradford vice president-chief development officer. In his role, he will serve as the museum’s chief fundraising strategist, responsible for managing daily operations of the development efforts to secure funding through individual, corporate, government and foundation sources, among others. A member of the museum’s leadership team, Bradford will work with the board of directors to fulfill organizational fundraising goals and manage the board’s development committee.
He previously served as national director of donor stewardship for the national Alzheimer’s Association. Bradford was responsible for managing more than 100 donors who contributed more than $120 million to the organization. As a nonprofit leader, serving in positions as senior manager of strategic philanthropy and partnerships at the YMCA of the USA in Chicago, assistant vice president and team officer for CCS Fundraising in Chicago and assistant director of development at the YMCA/JCC of Greater Toledo, Ohio, Bradford has raised more than $85 million in his career, specializing in capital campaigns, annual fund management, strategic planning, major gift solicitations, staff and volunteer management and donor stewardship.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Albion College in Michigan, where he was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. Bradford is a member of the Association of Donor Relations Professionals.