ACF announces key executive promotions
The Arizona Community Foundation (ACF) is pleased to announce that three current members of its executive team have been elevated to new positions as part of an overall evolution in the foundation’s organizational structure.
Kimberly C. Kur, JD, CAP was named Chief Development Officer and now oversees all activities related to asset development and donor engagement. In this role, she will continue to work closely with existing and prospective donors, nonprofits, and professional advisors to facilitate lifetime and planned charitable gifts while leading the team of relationship managers to improve the overall donor experience. Her previous title was Senior Vice President, Planned Giving & Advancement.
During her 20-year tenure, Kur has overseen the foundation’s statewide asset development activities and provided guidance in the areas of planned giving, donor stewardship, prospect management, and partnerships with professional advisors. She led the creation of ACF’s Center for Planned Giving and its outreach system for the professional advisor community, that continues to serve as a model for community foundations nationwide. Kur also worked to establish and continually improve the foundation’s donor and prospect relationship management system to deliver services that align with each donor’s unique charitable interests.
Prior to ACF, Kur was a practicing estate planning attorney in Philadelphia. She is a cum laude graduate of Temple University Beasley School of Law and earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania.
Eric Nystrom was promoted from Senior Vice President for Information Services to Chief Technology Officer. In this role, Nystrom will continue to augment the technology that provides the backbone of ACF’s systems and relationships.
Since joining the foundation in 2019, Nystrom has provided guidance and oversight of all technology systems and database management projects, including the complete conversion of ACF’s customer relationship management (CRM) database, accounting system, online donor portal, and additional IT infrastructure upgrades that have prepared ACF for its next stage of work with donors and communities across Arizona.
Prior to ACF, Nystrom served as the Director of Technology for MRA Associates, an investment and wealth management firm, and spent 25 years as an independent executive consultant for several industries including banking, financial services, insurance, investment, public utilities, manufacturing, telecommunications and networking, computer systems and storage, and software vendors. Nystrom also spent five years as Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the energy group of companies at Berkshire Hathaway and was also previously engaged as CIO at Blommer Chocolate and Walter Investment Management Corp, a NY Stock Exchange listed mortgage services company. He attended Iowa State University.
Glenn Wike was promoted to Senior Vice President for Strategy & Community Investment. In addition to overseeing the foundation’s work in scholarships and education, he is now also responsible for grants management, the Pakis Center for Business Philanthropy, and ACF’s supporting organizations.
Wike joined ACF in 2012 as a member of the philanthropic services team where he worked closely with donors to align their philanthropic interests with community needs. Since then, he has moved up the ranks by building strategic partnerships with community constituents, managing the foundation’s education and scholarships program, and executing public policy priorities.
Prior to ACF, Wike was employed with the Phoenix Zoo. He holds a master’s degree in Public Administration and a bachelor’s degree in Public Service and Public Policy, both from Arizona State University.
“Now is the perfect time to elevate these executives to keep pace with the complexity and growth of the organization,” said Steve Seleznow, ACF President & CEO. “Kimberly, Eric, and Glenn have proven themselves many times over, and I am confident that their leadership will help continue to propel ACF forward and improve the overall donor experience.”
These key executive promotions were made in anticipation of other staffing changes including the addition of executive team members Lisa Urias, who joined ACF on April 1 as Chief Program & Community Engagement Officer, and Jaime Dempsey, who will be joining the foundation in mid-June as Senior Vice President for Philanthropic Initiatives.