Philanthropy - The difference between good & great

November 17, 2016, 11:00am-Noon
ISYE Main Building, Room 228

Everyone has heard about Tech's recent successful Campaign, which raised $1.8 billion dollars. Learn about the Department that is charged with this Institutional effort; how it is organized, what are the various constituencies engaged, how priorities are set, and what steps are taken to provide the resources that make it possible for Tech to achieve the stature of which we are all so proud. Hear from senior leadership in Development representing close to 100 yrs of GT experience.

Lorrie Buchanan

Interim Associate Vice President of Central Development

Lorrie Buchanan serves as Interim Associate Vice President of Central Development for Georgia Tech’s Office of Development where she oversees the departments of regional development, gift planning, corporate relations, foundation relations, development services, stewardship, and business operations. She previously served as Executive Director of Development Services where she oversaw the departments of development research, gift accounting, and information services. In her 24-year career with the Institute, Lorrie has been involved in two capital campaigns, multiple database conversions and upgrades, and serves as a standing member of the Office of Development’s Principal Gifts group.

Birgit Burton

Executive Director of Foundation Relations

Birgit Smith Burton is a respected leader in the fundraising profession having raised over $500 million during her 30-year career. As the Executive Director of Foundation Relations at Georgia Tech, she has worked closely with some of the country’s most prominent philanthropic private foundations including the Mellon Foundation, Carnegie Corporation, MacArthur Foundation, and Atlanta based Woodruff Foundation. Birgit is a respected speaker on the topics of fundraising and diversity and has been recognized by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) as a “Faculty Star.” She has authored numerous articles on diversity and ethics in fundraising and served on the Design Team for the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta’s study of African American philanthropy in metropolitan Atlanta. Recently, she was selected by Georgia Tech to participate in the first cohort of Leading Women @ Tech which has identified the next community of leaders who will guide the institution in the 21st century. Birgit serves on the boards of the Association of Fundraising Professionals International which represents over 33,000 members around the world, the A.E. Lowe Grice Scholarship Fund, and Hosea Feed the Hungry and Homeless. Birgit earned a bachelor’s degree in Media Communications from Medaille College in Buffalo, New York.

Marta Garcia

Associate Vice President for Development

Marta started her development career in the Vassar College Development Office, in New York.  In 1996 Marta joined the Georgia Tech program as Director of Development for the College of Engineering, starting a unit-based program for Tech’s largest academic unit, and ultimately taking on responsibility for the Development activities in all of Georgia Tech’s academic programs and interdisciplinary institutes.  In this role she began reaching out to Georgia Tech’s internationally-based alumni.  Eventually she was asked to head another new operation, this time focusing on International Development, where she is now joined by three officers with specific responsibilities for Asia/Pacific (based in Shanghai),  Europe (based in Brussels) and Latin America (based in Bogotá).   She is fluent in English, Spanish, Ukrainian and Russian, and has a basic command of German and French.