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Cheryl Cobbs honored as outstanding fundraising professional

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Cheryl Cobbs, senior director of development for the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.

Congratulations to Cheryl Cobbs! The Association of Fundraising Professionals has honored her with the 2013 Outstanding Fundraising Professional award for the California Capital Chapter.

As senior director of development for the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, Cobbs brings not only a high level of professionalism to her role, but a passion for improving the lives of animals, people and the environment.

“This is a most deserving recognition for a skilled and dedicated colleague,” said Tom Venturino, Assistant Dean of Advancement. “This award demonstrates to the Greater Sacramento area – and to the campus – the level of commitment and expertise we have in our development program at the school.”

Cobbs is lauded for her ability to easily develop rapport and trust with donors, and her effectiveness in matching their interests and capabilities with particular funding needs at the school. Cobbs has more than 20 years of professional fundraising experience and joined the school of veterinary medicine in 2010.  She currently manages a portfolio of 200+ major gift donors.  A recent example of Cobb’s efforts resulted in a $500,000 gift for the school’s coordinated clinical trials and veterinary regenerative medicine programs.  She has also formed strong, productive relationships with faculty, developing strategies for soliciting significant major gifts from both individuals and foundations.

Cobbs will receive her award at the annual National Philanthropy Day (NPD) awards luncheon on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at the Sacramento Convention Center. NPD is the special day set aside to recognize and pay tribute to the great contributions that philanthropy and those people active in the philanthropic community have made to our lives, our communities and our world.