ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- The Rockford Park District announced today the recent hire of Suzanne Berger as the Director of the Rockford Park District Foundation. Berger takes over the position held on an interim basis by Stacie Scott (Chief Financial Officer) who led the Foundation for three years. Scott will continue in her other role at the District as Chief Financial Officer.
From 2000 to 2010, Berger served as Vice-President of Institutional Advancement at Rock Valley College (RVC), where she led fund development and implemented three major capital campaigns that raised millions of dollars in gifts and pledges. She also worked at Black Hawk College in Moline, Illinois as Director of Development, and Spoon River College in Canton, Illinois as Director of Marketing & Resource Development.
“Berger has 40+ years of experience in securing and maintaining partnerships with donors. The mission of the Rockford Park District Foundation is to assist the Rockford Park District in securing philanthropic support and also to enhance awareness of the District's benefits to the community. Berger’s passion for our community and experience in successful capital campaigns will have a very positive impact on the Rockford Park District Foundation,” said Executive Director Tim Dimke.
Since 1994, the Rockford Park District Foundation has raised over $40 million to help offset the cost of District projects and programs. Recent successes include Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens where all construction‐related expenses for the Conservatory project were funded by private donations, along with state and private grants. The Foundation also secured $1,429,500 million needed for the Eclipse Lagoon Restoration Project and raised money for the David F. Johnson Accessible Fishing Pier Project and Olson Swedish Heritage Park.
Berger will begin her new role in the Rockford Park District Foundation on January 7.