Gill Foundation Hires Lance King as Vice President of Donor Resources

The Gill Foundation announced today that D. Lance King will join the foundation as its new Vice President of Donor Resources in early September. King will lead the foundation’s work with other institutional and individual donors, both in Colorado and nationally, to build broader support for the foundation’s funding priorities—organizations and programs focused on gaining equal opportunity for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans. King will also lead the Gill Foundation’s OutGiving program, which provides opportunities for LGBT and allied donors to advance equality through philanthropy.

King brings more than 20 years of experience as a development professional—in higher education, healthcare, the arts, and as a consultant. He comes to the Gill Foundation from the San Francisco Symphony, where he has served as the Symphony’s Director of Development, leading a team of more than 25 development professionals.

“Lance’s extensive experience in development has included campaigns that, combined, raised hundreds of millions of dollars,” said Tim Sweeney, President and CEO of Gill Foundation. “He is an excellent leader who has ably built teams and aligned diverse groups of people behind a common purpose. With his relationships across the country, we couldn’t be more pleased that he’s chosen to bring his expertise and talent to Gill Foundation and the LGBT movement.”

“I am pleased to join the Gill Foundation at a time when the LGBT movement is gaining incredible momentum across the country,” said King. “It is more important than ever that we secure the resources to capitalize on opportunities as they present themselves, and I look forward to working with Gill Foundation in this important work.”

No stranger to Colorado, King also served the University of Colorado Foundation as Senior Vice President for Development, overseeing fundraising efforts for the multi-campus University of Colorado system.

His experience in higher-education development also includes campaigns at Stony Brook University, where he led the successful conclusion of the university’s first capital campaign to raise more than $360 million, and The University of Texas at Austin where he played an instrumental role in the $1.6 billion “We’re Texas” capital campaign.

King is a graduate of UT Austin and completed a post-graduate executive residency in nonprofit management in Washington, DC.