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Robert Driver, CFRE

Gonser Gerber Search
Executive Director
Naperville, IL
Robert joined the firm in 2012 after a nearly 25 year career in non-profit and advancement leadership.  He began by providing both advancement consulting and executive search services to hospitals and healthcare organizations, colleges and universities, secondary schools and other non-profits nationally.  Currently, Robert serves as Executive Director of Gonser Gerber Search, an industry-leading, client-focused retained search service utilizing the firm’s long history of executive search success and deep advancement networks and institutional advancement experience.

Mr. Driver’s executive search clients have included:

Alma College (MI)
Alvernia University (PA)
Berea College (KY)
Carlow University (PA)
Diocese of Greensburg (PA)
Diocese of Oakland (CA)
Eastern University (PA)
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (IL)
Hilbert College (NY)
Hutchison School (TN)
Lexington Medical Center (SC)
Lincoln College (IL)
Linfield College (OR)
Lutheran Senior Services (MO)
Malone University (OH)
Morningside College (IA)
Nathan Littauer Hospital Foundation (NY)

The Pontifical North American College (DC)
South Dakota State University (SD)
St. Bonaventure University (NY)
St. Cloud State University (MN)
Union College (KY)
University of Missouri (MO)
University of North Alabama (AL)

Prior Advancement Experience:
Robert Driver has 25 years of non-profit management and advancement experience in healthcare, education and the arts.  Prior to joining the firm, Robert served as Vice President of Development for the Carle Foundation (IL), a $1.5 billion healthcare organization.  Under his guidance, the advancement team quadrupled its donor base and raised $35 million including successful completion of the institution’s first comprehensive campaign.  Robert also had responsibility for the volunteer corps which doubled its hours of service to the institution.  In addition, Robert served Opera Theatre of Saint Louis as Artistic Coordinator, Virginia Opera as Director of Development, University of Missouri College of Arts and Sciences as Associate Director of Development, and Washington Hospital Center Foundation (D.C.) as Director of Development.

Robert recently completed two terms on the CFRE International Board (the primary credential in fund raising), including the final two years on the Executive Committee.  He has served on the University of Missouri Alumni Association Board of Trustees, and completed two terms on its Strategic Planning Committee.  He is Past President of his Rotary Club and is a Paul Harris Fellow.  Further advancement volunteering includes regional conference planning committees, state representative, and Future Visioning Committee for AHP (Association of Healthcare Philanthropy).  He has been a regular speaker/presenter in many forums including (AHP) regional and international conferences, Association of Fund Raising Professionals (AFP) seminars and roundtables, and at Gonser Gerber workshops.

My Speakers Sessions

Monday, October 10

10:45am EDT