Michael Donlevy is a proud Albertan and a seasoned executive who takes an entrepreneurial approach to everything he does. Recently retired from 18 years as a member of the senior executive team at Red Deer College (RDC).
At RDC, Michael held the position of Vice President Business Development where he was responsible for strategic relationship development and stewardship, including major donors and sponsorships, identification, engagement and expansion of partnership opportunities and long-term revenue generation from a wide range of potential sources.
Prior to this role he was Vice President, Enterprise & Community Relations with principal responsibilities for leading teams in Fund Development, Advancement Services, Donor & Alumni Relations and the School of Continuing Education. Michael had direct accountability to proactively identify and advance major donor, sponsor, business, corporate training relationships, community engagement, and partnership initiatives.
An accomplished and respected leader, Michael shared responsibility with senior colleagues for development and execution of College-wide strategies, business decisions and fiscal management, in support of the President. He was responsible for leadership, team development and coaching of staff teams, in support of Division leaders, together with strategic fundraising counsel and other contract professionals.
Michael led the College’s fundraising and business development teams as they raised over $60 million in philanthropic gifts and sponsorship investments. He was instrumental in securing the largest individual gift in RDC’s history, as well as new and additional investments by the College’s largest donors and sponsors.
Michael is active in central Alberta communities and is currently Chair of the Westerner Park Board Nominating Committee. He has also held board leadership positions on the Alberta Jubilee Auditoria Society, the Westerner Exposition Association, Kiwanis Club of Red Deer, Central Alberta STARS Campaign Committee and many others.
Michael’s personal philosophy is based on the importance of being recognized for integrity, a commitment to excellence, to seeing a project through and ensuring the importance of respectful, sincere and engaged communication.
His business philosophy is that being client-centred, whether with a donor or a business contact, with a goal of uncovering ‘unmet needs’ through genuine relationship building, is fundamental to successful business development.