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Todd Simpson Hired to Lead Peru State Foundation


(Peru, Neb.) The Peru State College (PSC) Foundation today announced that R. Todd Simpson, CFRE, of Omaha has been hired to lead the organization as its executive director.

Todd SimpsonSimpson has worked in non-profit management and fundraising for more than 23 years, most recently as an independent fundraising and non-profit leadership consultant and solutions provider.

Prior to his time as a consultant, Simpson was the director of development for the Omaha Home for Boys for 14 years. There he was responsible for the entire development effort for the organization, including mailing 5 million direct response solicitations each year and the management of a database of more than 1 million contacts. In the early 1990s, Simpson worked for the Boston-based direct response firm Amergent, overseeing the direct marketing efforts of more than 30 clients ranging from educational foundations to religious organizations.

PSC President Dan Hanson said, “I am excited for what the future holds for the Peru State College Foundation under Todd Simpson’s leadership. His extensive fundraising knowledge, enthusiasm and vision for the future will serve our mission of engagement well. I look forward to working with him to build an even stronger organization.”

PSC Foundation Board Chairman Chuck Niemeyer (Class of 1965) said, “Todd’s expertise in fundraising, Midwestern sensibility and management skills are exactly the kind of attributes we sought in our new leader. He will bring a fresh perspective to this role that will compliment the President’s strategic vision for the institution by engaging alumni in the support of our students. The Foundation Board is excited to welcome him to the Campus of a Thousand Oaks.”

Simpson said, “I’m very excited to be joining the Peru State team. I look forward to sharing the vision and mission of PSC with alumni and friends. The Foundation Board and President Hanson are enthusiastic about growing the Foundation’s capacity to support student programs and educational initiatives. I can’t wait to get started.”

Simpson holds the Certified Fund Raising Executive credential (CFRE), a certificate of completion from the National Planned Giving Institute, a certificate in fundraising from the University of Nebraska – Omaha, and a certificate in non-profit leadership and management from the University of Wisconsin. He is a member and past president of the Association of Fundraising Professionals – Nebraska Chapter and the Nebraska Chapter of the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning (formerly the Planned Giving Council.)

Simpson is a regular speaker on fundraising and organizational leadership topics and has presented for organizations such as the University of Nebraska - Omaha, the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), the National Fellowship of Child Care Executives, the Omaha Postal Customer Council, the Lincoln Postal Customer Council, the Scottish Rite Leadership Institute and the Nonprofit Association of the Midlands, among others. Simpson also teaches a two-day course on direct mail fundraising as part of the University of Nebraska – Omaha’s Certificate in Fund Raising Management program.

Simpson has engaged in extensive volunteer work on leadership development with college students and has served as a volunteer with both the Boy Scouts of America and Girl Scouts of the USA. He is a graduate of the University of Central Missouri, formerly Central Missouri State University.

A native of Missouri, Simpson and his wife, Michelle, reside in Omaha with their two children.

Simpson will begin his role as executive director on Monday, Nov. 1.