Michael VanDerhoef, Jour ’84, is the vice president for university advancement at Marquette University.
Reporting to the president, VanDerhoef is responsible for leading the university’s engagement and fundraising efforts directed at Marquette’s 110,000 alumni nationwide, as well as parents, friends of the university, community partners, corporations and foundations.
Before joining Marquette, VanDerhoef served as president for the Virginia Mason Foundation, the fundraising arm of Virginia Mason Health System in Seattle. He also served as vice president of Virginia Mason Medical Center. During his 11 years at Virginia Mason he was responsible for the development and implementation of annual and capital fundraising campaigns, including a comprehensive campaign that raised more than $100 million for the health system. He was also responsible for customer service strategy and management of the center’s skilled nursing inpatient facility and outpatient program for individuals living with HIV and AIDS.
An expert in the field of development, VanDerhoef has designed and implemented innovative processes and systems to improve fundraising effectiveness and return on institutional resources. He has presented at philanthropy conferences across the country, has been featured in the Chronicle of Philanthropy and The New York Times for his success at the Virginia Mason Foundation and is a founding member of the Advisory Board’s Philanthropy Leadership Council.
VanDerhoef received a bachelor’s degree in journalism and advertising from Marquette in 1984, and a MBA from the University of Illinois– Chicago in 1993. He is married to Patricia Bland VanDerhoef who is a 1983 Marquette University alumna from the dental hygiene program.