Cheryl House, CFRE
Cheryl House finds the most rewarding aspect of her job as a consultant at The Phoenix Philanthropy Group is working with development officers, CEOs, and board members and “seeing their confidence in their fundraising abilities grow.”
Philanthropy “brings out the best in people,” says Cheryl, a graduate of Bowling Green State University with a degree in journalism and past recipient of the Outstanding Fundraiser of the Year award from the Southern Arizona chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. “It teaches us to work together to solve problems. It’s extremely gratifying to know that my efforts are making a positive difference in people’s lives.”
Cheryl served as Senior Director of Development and then Interim Associate Vice President and Chief Development Officer at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center. She also served as Assistant Vice Chancellor and Executive Director for the Pima Community College Foundation. Prior to joining the Pima Community College Foundation, Cheryl was Director of Development for the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy and the University of Arizona Foundation. She began her work in the nonprofit sector as Vice President for Development and then President of Junior Achievement of Southern Arizona.
She didn’t anticipate that her career would take her in this direction. “I accepted my first fundraising position for the networking opportunities,” she says. “This work is meaningful in many ways, but never so much as when a student who was ready to drop out of community college due to lack of funds earns a scholarship and crosses the graduation stage. It’s those personal connections with donors and program recipients that are especially motivating.”
On a volunteer basis, Cheryl has served in various capacities for the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), including as Chair of the District VII Board of Directors and a member of the CASE Commission on Philanthropy. She recently was named a CASE Laureate. As a long-time member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and Planned Giving Round Table of Southern Arizona, Cheryl has held various leadership positions.
In a divided world, she says, “philanthropy is one thing that brings people together in a positive way. Giving to help others makes you an active participant in making the world a better place.”