About the Recipient
Terri was an accomplished director of development with over 20 years of experience in fundraising with expertise in annual giving, campaign management, donor relations, strategic planning, advancement services, and marketing. She has served her entire philanthropic career at her alma mater CSU San Bernardino.
She motivated donors to support Student Affairs and special initiatives including the Educational Opportunity Program Renaissance Scholars, Veterans Success Center, Obershaw DEN Food Pantry, Undocumented Student Success Center, Santos Manuel Student Union, and other campus initiatives. These student services were the vital scaffolding that increased student engagement and enhanced active learning.
Terri is a veteran of annual giving experiencing the evolution from paper and manual dialing systems to data analytics and tech automation. Throughout it all, she never lost sight of the storytelling that inspires donors to give.
Terri Carlos dedicated her professional career to advancing opportunities for families who live in areas stricken with poverty. At CSU San Bernardino, over 80% of students are first in their families to attend college and nearly 60% are low-income Pell grant recipients. Terri's fundraising efforts resulted in financial aid and student support services that assisted students to graduation and on to good-paying jobs. The outcomes have uplifted both families and communities.
Terri has been generous with her time and talent within our professional communities. She accepted the call to service, twice, as CASE District VII Conference Chair and subsequently served on the CASE District VII Board and Cabinet. Not only did the conference programming provide outstanding professional development for over 600 members but she assured that the conference leadership team had fun while doing it. She is a thought leader, well-organized, and cultivates gratitude.
In addition to her CASE leadership, Terri co-founded Meeting of the Minds - West Coast. For 15 years, she provided leadership on the planning committee for the annual conference serving annual fund, advancement services, and digital fundraising professionals. She was also frequently consulted by her colleagues across the California State University system for her experiences with trends and best practices in annual giving and has helped organize the Annual Giving Professionals Network (AGPN). Terri's attitude has always been that we are better together and should help each other succeed.
About the Award
The Tribute Award was established by District VII in 1985 to recognize members who have maintained the highest standards of professionalism in their advancement careers and shared their expertise with members of the profession. In 2019, the award was renamed to honor our colleague Nancy Treser-Osgood who has been the consummate District VII volunteer for nearly 30 years. Winners of this award will exemplify the values Nancy has promoted through her years of volunteer service. You can read more about her here.