AFP Emerging Leaders: A Q&A With Doug Mauney
In this interview, AFP talks with emerging leader Doug Mauney II, director of development in the Office of the Provost at the University of Virginia, about his start in fundraising, current challenges he’s facing, accomplishments and much more.
How did you start your career in the fundraising profession, and what lead you there?
I was introduced to fundraising while a graduate student at The University of Oklahoma in the athletics department. It was there that my interest in advancement developed. I enjoyed meeting with alumni and friends of the institution and felt that I could make a positive impact for future generations. I also enjoyed building relationships by learning alumni stories and connecting them with opportunities to support their university.
What is a current challenge you or your peers face in your professional fundraising careers?
A current challenge I hear from my peers is the lack of personal sponsors in the industry. Having a supervisor or someone who can serve as a sponsor and speak on your behalf as it relates to opportunities for promotions or career advancement makes a difference. A sponsor can have a significant impact on one’s career trajectory.
What are accomplishment are you most proud of?
I am most proud of the long-lasting relationships I have built with alumni and being able to be part of their commitment to their alma mater throughout the years. It’s always good to learn of a donor who has created a second scholarship, become a trustee member and or leave the university in their estate plans. I am most proud of the scholarship opportunities I have worked on that honor former leaders (deans, staff and faculty) and have provided opportunities for students of color at the colleges and universities where I’ve worked.
Talk us about a mentor/coach/boss you’ve had that has helped you in your career.
I have been blessed to have several mentors, coaches and leaders who have helped me in my career. They have been there to listen, motivate and provide guidance as I navigate my career. The best mentors, coaches and leaders have provided opportunities to serve on committees and boards within the university community. They have also asked me to lead projects within the office so I can make an impact both internally and externally.
How has AFP and the community (AFP Global and/or your chapter) helped you with your success?
The AFP community has helped with my success by providing a platform to educate, inform and provide opportunities to extend my network. I look forward to getting more involved with AFP and serving as a mentor to other development professionals. I also look forward to opportunities to serve the association in other capacities too.
What is your dream job?
My dream job is to serve as vice president of development for a higher education institution. It would be great to give back in this capacity and create opportunities for students to receive a phenomenal education. A goal of mine would be to make sure each student has a general understanding of philanthropy once they graduate and know the importance of supporting their university. I also have an interest in leading a foundation to give back to communities and educational efforts.