Brian Hastings serves as president and chief executive officer of the University of Nebraska Foundation, an organization that grows relationships and resources that enable the University of Nebraska to change lives and save lives.
Since Hastings became the foundation’s leader in 2012, the organization has received nearly $1.5 billion in gifts and commitments while increasing the number of annual donors by 20 percent to 44,000. Today, the foundation oversees total assets of $2.5 billion, including an endowment of $1.8 billion, ranking it among the top 25 public university endowments.
Hastings has broad experience, ranging from annual giving to principal gifts, including various senior leadership roles. Prior to Nebraska, he served in a number of leadership positions at The Ohio State University, including as senior associate vice president and campaign executive director, assistant vice president for principal gifts, and assistant vice president for development. In his last role there, he worked with university and volunteer leadership to plan and implement Ohio State’s $3 billion comprehensive campaign. Additionally, Hastings led the annual giving program at the University of Dayton, Ohio’s largest private university, where he helped double the alumni participation rate in four years. He is proud of having started his university advancement career as a student caller at Ohio State.
Hastings is an active volunteer and leader with the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). He currently co-chairs a global task force charged with updating the CASE Reporting Standards and Management Guidelines, and he is a member of the National Committee for Institutionally Related Foundations. Previously, he served on the CASE Commission on Philanthropy, and he has enjoyed serving as a faculty member for various CASE conferences and institutes, including the Summer Institute in Educational Fundraising and as a founding faculty member for the CASE Management Institute.
Hastings is a first-generation college graduate and lifelong Midwesterner. He and his wife, Sharon, have two children and reside in Lincoln.
The vision of the University of Nebraska Foundation is to be a trusted partner for those who support support the University of Nebraska. We work every day to grow the relationships and resources needed to meet that goal. Each of our staff members is dedicated to helping our donors and alumni support the University of Nebraska at Kearney, the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and the University of Nebraska Medical Center and its health network partner, Nebraska Medicine.
To serve and engage the university’s alumni, the foundation fully integrated with the UNK Alumni Association in 2010 and with the UNO Alumni Association in 2016. We partially integrated with the Nebraska Alumni Association in 2008 and have had an affiliation with the UNMC Alumni Association since 2009. The foundation formed an affiliation with Nebraska Medicine in 2017 to manage its development program and funds.