Volunteer Profile of the Month

Derek Linetsky of Concordia University

Development Officer, Faculty of Arts and Science
Advancement and Alumni Relations
Concordia University
Montreal, Quebec

Derek is a development officer for Concordia University’s Faculty of Arts and Science, responsible for raising philanthropic funds to support the university and its students. He is an active volunteer for Case District I. He’s served on the planning committee for its annual conference and is currently co-chair of the Montreal Regional Programs Committee.


Derek talks about advancement and his CASE experience.

Q: Describe your role at Concordia.

A: As a major gift officer, my goal is to raise philanthropic funds to enhance our students’ experience and support the faculty’s mission. To do that, I build meaningful relationships with alumni, primarily graduates of the Faculty of Arts and Science, as well as with friends, corporations and foundations.

Q: What is most rewarding about your work?

A: I really enjoy getting to know and making a strong connection with our donors. As well, being able to see the impact that their philanthropic gifts have on our students is extremely rewarding.

Q: What have you done with CASE District I?

A: My first involvement with CASE District I was as a volunteer on the operations committee for the annual conference in Boston. I was fortunate to be able to network and make friends with colleagues from other schools. More recently, I discovered that my Montreal peers had a real hankering for professional development opportunities, and I saw a chance to build a regional program. I’m now co-chair of the Montreal Regional Programs Committee. In March, we organized a very successful seminar featuring Susan Cruse, Senior VP of Development and Alumni Relations at Emory University in Atlanta. We’re now planning another event for later in the year.