Irvine Valley College (IVC) has announced that Richard H. Morley, a seasoned nonprofit professional, recognized nationally for his work in strategy development, major gifts, and planned giving, has been named Executive Director of the IVC Foundation. Since 1985, IVC has been serving students and residents of the community who are looking to obtain a degree or certificate, enhance their career qualifications, or improve basic skills. IVC’s transfer rate is #1 in Orange County and #3 among all California community colleges.
Morley, who is a native of Freedom, Indiana, holds two of the highest national distinctions earned in the fundraising profession: Certified Fund-Raising Executive (CFRE) and Certified Specialist in Planned Giving (CSPG). He is recognized nationally for his work in donor and alumni development in the community college arena, and has published on fundraising and planned giving in the American Association of Community Colleges affiliate Council for Resource Development journals and regularly speaks at local, regional, state, and national conferences. He also serves on the 18 member statewide Board of Directors for the Network for California Community College Foundations that provides leadership, advocacy and development for all of California's community college foundations
“IVC is delighted to have Richard as part of our team. He possesses a tremendous amount of experience and expertise that will take our Foundation to the next level,” said Irvine Valley College President Glenn R. Roquemore. “His extensive background in donor cultivation will assist IVC in securing new avenues of fundraising. His experience in the non-profit and planned giving arena in Southern California will be extremely beneficial, as the Foundation seeks to find donors who believe in and support the education mission of IVC.”
Since 2008, Richard led efforts to revitalize the Mt. San Antonio College Foundation. At Mt. SAC, he is credited with improving Foundation operational processes, including the use of Web 2.0 technology to cultivate donors and to process donor transactions more efficiently. Under his leadership, the Mt. SAC Foundation more than doubled yearly revenues in 2010 and 2011, its overall net worth grew from $1.2 million to over $4.1 million, a $2.2 endowment for 110 scholarships was created in perpetuity for Mt. SAC students, and overall scholarship awards grew fourfold. Unique gifts to Mt. SAC acquired during Morley’s tenure include a house that sold for over $500,000; a Gulfstream II aircraft worth $1.3 million and a Piper Tomahawk aircraft, both used in the college’s aircraft maintenance program; and an ATC two- seat aircraft simulator. His knowledge and certification in planned giving helped to secure numerous bequests and trusts that will benefit Mt. SAC into the future.
Prior to Mt. SAC, Morley served as the director of development for Community Care Health Centers, the largest nonprofit healthcare provider in Orange County. He also served as director of corporate and foundation relations for the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL), an $18-million adult learning and workforce development nonprofit agency in Chicago. In the 1980s, Morley co-founded and was the president/CEO of CraneMorley, Inc., a leading corporate training and development firm on the West Coast. Previously, he was a teacher and assistant principal at Ocean View High School in Huntington Beach, and in the Los Angeles inner city at Roosevelt High School.
Morley holds a BS from Indiana University and completed doctoral coursework at the University of Southern California.