Big Ten Fund Raisers Institute—Speakers

Joshua M. Birkholz

Dondi Cupp

Associate Vice President for Development, University of Michigan
Dondi Cupp serves as associate vice president for development at the University of Michigan.  As a member of the senior management team in the Office of University Development, he is responsible for leading the national major gifts team and supervising constituency fundraising programs including foundation relations, parent and family giving, and the Business Engagement Center.  He also oversees the finance and administration and talent management programs.  

Cupp came to Michigan from the University of Washington, where he led the office of corporate and foundation relations and advancement teams in the health sciences. He joined the University of Washington in 1999 as director of development for the sciences. While at the Washington, Cupp founded the Advancement Leadership Class, a comprehensive leadership development program for advancement staff. In 2012, he was nominated by his peers for the UW's David B. Thorud Leadership Award. In 2006, he received the Marilyn Batt Dunn Endowed Award for Excellence in University Advancement.

He has served as associate director of the Western Washington University Foundation and as director of the annual fund at his alma mater, the University of Oklahoma.   Cupp holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and public relations.  He is a fellow of the Advancement Leadership Academy.
Principal at Bentz Whaley Flessner
Joshua M. Birkholz is a principal at the international fundraising consulting firm Bentz Whaley Flessner, where he consults leading nonprofits in higher education, healthcare, and human services in comprehensive campaigning, organizational structure, data-driven strategies, and productive business processes. Josh also oversees a team of consultants with specialties in the data sciences and prospect development. He is widely regarded as a leading innovator in 21st-century development strategies.

His contributions to the fundraising industry include founding the BWF analytics division, BWF Insight, guiding several institutions through billion dollar campaigns, advocating for the integration of data science, and establishing more than 50 in-house analytics programs throughout North America, Europe, and the Pacific Rim. In addition to his numerous articles and videos, Josh is the author of the sought-after book, Fundraising Analytics: Using Data to Guide Strategy, and contributor to the books A Kaleidoscope of Prospect Development and Return on Character.

Josh is the Chair of the Advisory Council on Methodology for Giving USA. He is an instructor at the Rice University Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership. And he is the recipient of the prestigious Apra Visionary award for his contributions to prospect development.

Senior Associate Vice President and Campaign Manager, Alumni Relations and Development, Northwestern University
With 24 years of experience in higher education advancement, David Lively has directed successful development strategies across five comprehensive fundraising campaigns. Lively joined Northwestern University in January 2012 and in his current role manages We Will. The Campaign for Northwestern, a $3.75 billion University-wide fundraising campaign. Additionally, he oversees a team of 60 development professionals responsible for principal gifts, regional and international major gifts (including offices in New York and San Francisco), gift planning, and campaign planning.

Prior to joining Northwestern, Lively served as vice
president of development at DePaul University. During his nine-year tenure at DePaul, Lively held several positions, including senior director of development at the Driehaus College of Business. Before moving to DePaul, he worked as director of annual giving and director of law development at the University of Denver.

Lively previously worked at Northwestern in the late-1990s, serving as associate director of development at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law during the University’s previous campaign. He began his development career in 1994 at the University of Colorado Foundation, Inc. as the assistant phone-a-thon director in the office of annual giving.

Lively earned a bachelor's degree in history from Southern Methodist University (SMU), a master's degree in history from Colorado State University, an MBA from the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business, and a certificate from the Management Development Program (MDP) at Harvard University's Graduate School of Education. In April 2017, he authored Managing Major Gift Fundraisers: A Contrarian’s Guide (published by CASE). 

David A. Lively

Kumble R. Subbaswamy

Chancellor, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Kumble R. Subbaswamy became Chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Amherst in July 2012. During his tenure, the campus has improved across all key indicators and climbed in the national rankings faster and higher than any other public research university in the United States. He has enacted a comprehensive, campus-wide strategic planning process and overseen the opening of cutting-edge facilities, including the Institute for Applied Life Sciences with a $95 million investment from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center.  He also oversaw completion of UMass Rising, which surpassed its $300-million goal to become the largest fundraising campaign in the history of Massachusetts public higher education. With all major metrics at the university improving, the campus is now ranked among the top 30 public universities from more than 700 public, four-year universities and colleges in the United States.

Before coming to Amherst, Chancellor Subbaswamy served for six years as provost at the University of Kentucky. A physicist by training, he joined Kentucky’s faculty in 1978 after serving as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of California, Irvine. During his first 18 years at the University of Kentucky, he served as associate dean of arts and sciences and as chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

Chancellor Subbaswamy is an elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society. He is a member of the Board of Higher Education and Workforce of the U.S. National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine and of the Board of Directors for the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE).  He holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from Bangalore University, a master’s in physics from Delhi University, and a Ph.D. in physics from Indiana University. He is author or coauthor of over 60 publications, including the monograph “Local Density Theory of Polarizability.”

Alicia Miñana de Lovelace

Benefactor, University of California, Los Angeles
Alicia Miñana de Lovelace has spent the past 25 years as a transactional attorney in Los Angeles, as well as investing heavily and broadly of her time and resources in many facets of the local and national community. As a practicing attorney licensed in California, Alicia works in the formation and dissolution of corporations, limited liability corporations, partnerships and joint ventures, low income housing, employment law, licensing, production, distribution and management agreements with artists, managers and recording labels. She has also worked with the National Labor Relations Board, as well as various national and international law firms.

Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Alicia graduated from Princeton University in 1984 with an AB degree in Biology. She received her JD degree from the UCLA School of Law in 1987. Alicia has continued to be involved with both universities. She serves and has served in a variety of capacities at UCLA, including: the Board of Governors; the Advisory Boards and Centennial Campaign Committees of both the Law School and the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies; the search committees for the recently concluded Dean’s search for the Law School and for the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies several years ago; President of the Law School’s La Raza Law Alumni Association; and fundraising and selecting the recipients of the Cesar Chavez Summer Law Fellowship. Alicia was recognized as the Law School’s Alumni of the Year for Public and Community Service Award in 2013. For Princeton, she serves on the Capital Leadership Committee of the University.

In the community, Alicia is deeply and broadly involved as a volunteer. Among other activities, she is the founding chairperson of the Board of Directors and a volunteer attorney of The Learning Rights Law Center, a non-profit formed by UCLA Law graduates that assists low income families advocate for their children with learning disabilities, as well as supporting children in the foster care and juvenile justice systems; a Founding Trustee of Vistamar School in Hermosa Beach. She is on the Board of Human Rights Watch, as well as on the Board of The Nature Conservancy – Caribbean Program.

Alicia and her husband, Rob Lovelace, live in Hermosa Beach and have two daughters. Their elder daughter is working in Miami with Teach for America and their younger daughter is a sophomore at Brown University.