Ahearn Fund Announces Staff Changes

The Ahearn Fund

June 7, 2013

MANHATTAN, Kan. – K-State Senior Associate Athletics Director for Development Chad Weiberg announced today two new additions to the department’s Ahearn Fund staff as Eric Buda has been named Assistant Director of Development/Annual Giving and Jennifer Schulte Gift Processing Assistant.

Weiberg also announced the departure of two staffers as Missy Heidrick, Regional Director of Development, has accepted a new position with Fred Merrill, Jr. and Merrill Companies in Kansas City as Development and Business Director for the Museum of Prairiefire, while Andrew Hamor, Director of Annual Giving, is heading to the University of Texas as Assistant Athletics Director for Development.

“We are excited to have both Eric and Jennifer join our staff as we continue to ensure that Ahearn Fund members receive the best service possible,” Weiberg said. “Thanks to the grass roots support of our fans, we have seen tremendous growth in the Ahearn Fund over the past four years and both Missy and Andrew were integral parts of our staff. We wish them continued success in their new roles.”   Buda comes to K-State from the University of Wisconsin where he provided support in the area of annual giving as a Development Coordinator and served in a leadership role for annual fund donor stewardship events. Buda also worked as a graduate assistant at the University of Oklahoma where he participated in all aspects of donor stewardship and outreach while also working towards a master's degree in Intercollegiate Athletic Administration. Buda is a native of Stevens Point, Wis., and graduate of the University of Louisville where he worked in the athletic ticket office.

Schulte, a 2011 K-State graduate and former captain on the equestrian team, recently completed her master’s degree in College Student Development at Kansas State. She also served as an intern in the Washburn Athletics Department before moving to her current position.

Over the last four years, the Ahearn Fund has grown in membership from 6,000 members to over 9,000 members while increasing annual contributions from $9.7 Million to over $15 Million. 

A significant part of this growth in the Ahearn Fund was the establishment of a leadership annual giving program - the National Leadership Circle (NLC).  Members of the NLC give a minimum of $10,000 annually to the Ahearn Fund which now has almost 400 loyal K-State households that contribute nearly $9.5 Million annually.  Including capital gifts to facility projects such as the Basketball Training Facility and the West Stadium Center, overall fundraising has grown during the same time from $12.7 Million to over $30 Million.    For more information on the Ahearn Fund, including memberships which start at just $50 per year, visit www.AhearnFund.com.