The Village at Orchard Ridge–A National Lutheran Community, is pleased to announce Brad Snowden as Philanthropy Director. Snowden brings nearly 20 years of experience in estate planning as a practicing attorney and for the last 16 years has advanced the philanthropic mission of two higher education institutions. Most recently, Snowden was Director of Leadership Gifts at Mary Baldwin University in Staunton, Virginia leading the major giving effort for its $25M Invest for Impact capital campaign that raised $4.8M annual gifts and closed $26M in legacy gifts during its last fiscal year. Previously, he spent nearly 15 years supporting the mission of Shenandoah University where he was instrumental in the successful completion of its $65M Spirit of Shenandoah campaign as well as the campaign for construction of its state-of-the-art Health & Life Science Building and Shenandoah Conservatory’s All Steinway piano initiative.
In his role at The Village at Orchard Ridge, Snowden will lead all philanthropic efforts to raise financial support for various funds including the benevolent care endowment fund, the employee tuition reimbursement fund and any special campaigns. The benevolent care endowment fund is set to reach $2 million dollars by 2020 and the funds are used to continue to provide care for residents who have outlived their funds and can no longer afford it. Since 1890, NLCS has never had to ask a resident to leave because they can no longer afford their care, with Snowden’s experience and desire to assist older adults, this will be continued at The Village at Orchard Ridge.
“We are very pleased to have someone with Snowden’s professional experience, education, and proven track record of accomplishment, as our new Philanthropy Director,” said NLCS Philanthropy Director, Dee Dee Barbour. “Snowden’s appointed position on The Village at Orchard Ridge’s leadership team reflects the importance placed on philanthropy throughout our organization.”
Mr. Snowden is an active member of, and serves on the board of, the Tri-State Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, is a past president and former member of the Clarke County Rotary, a current member of the Sunrise Rotary Club of Martinsburg, West Virginia, a member of the National Capital Gift Planning Council, and is former Co-Chair of the Virginia Fund Raising Institute.
Brad holds a B.S. in Political Science from Shepherd College (now Shepherd University) and a Juris Doctorate from Capital University Law School in Columbus, Ohio.
“I am pleased to join the leadership team at The Village at Orchard Ridge in Winchester, Va. and become part of the larger NLCS family. I have a passion for supporting philanthropy in the older adult community and becoming part of continuing growth efforts in support of benevolent care. Winchester is a very special, vibrant place to live and work and I am pleased to return to the area. Much of my professional life has been centered in the Shenandoah Valley, and I look forward to contributing to the amazing work that is accomplished at Orchard Ridge for our residents within the community and citizens throughout the Winchester- Frederick County region,” Brad stated upon acceptance of the Philanthropy Director position.