WCNY names Thomas A. Burton vice president of development

20130814_burton_headshotThomas A. Burton, of Cicero, has been named WCNY’s vice president of development. Prior to joining WCNY he was Onondaga Community College’s (OCC) vice president for institutional advancement and executive director of the OCC Foundation. Burton also served as WCNY’s director of development for nearly 10 years.

“Tom’s fundraising and leadership experience is well suited to WCNY’s current and future needs as he continues to lead our overall advancement, membership, and capital campaign activities,” said Robert J. Daino, WCNY’s president & CEO. “He has a track record of success and I look forward to working with Tom as we continue to build strong relationships throughout the communities we serve.”

Burton brings more than 30 years, of advancement, fundraising, major donor, planned giving and leadership experience to WCNY. He is responsible for WCNY’s capital campaign to raise funds for WCNY’s new Broadcast and Education Center; and development strategies in membership, volunteerism, grants, planned giving, major gifts, special events and auctions.

He is a past member of the Onondaga Historical Association, Museum and Research Center, member of United Way of Central New York’s resource development cabinet, former member of United Way’s Board of Directors, former member and president of the Board of Education for the Lyncourt Union Free School District, former member of Contact’s Board of Directors and was chairperson for the Heritage Campaign and Hope Appeal at St. Daniel’s Parish.

Burton is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE), former member of the State University of New York Chief Advancement Officers Executive Council, founder of the State University of New York Community College Chief Advancement Officers Alliance, member and past chapter president of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Central New York Chapter and member of the Estate Planning Council of Central New York.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and marketing from the State University of New York College, College at Fredonia.

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