Today, the Newseum named Sergio Furman its senior vice president, chief development officer. Furman joins the Newseum from the Wildlife Conservation Society, where as vice president of global resources, he oversaw fundraising activities and programs for individual and corporate donors. Furman, with more than 25 years of global experience in the nonprofit sector, will head the Newseum’s fundraising efforts and work to further its mission to promote, explain and defend the First Amendment and free expression.
In his role at the Wildlife Conservation Society, Furman led a team that accomplished significant gains in membership revenue, major gifts, planned giving and corporate philanthropy and sponsorships. He has also held senior roles at Conservation International, the International Paralympic Committee in Bonn, Germany, and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Geneva, Switzerland.
“Sergio brings a wealth of experience and passion to the Newseum, and he is exceptionally well-positioned to lead the Newseum’s development strategy,” said Jeffrey Herbst, president and CEO of the Newseum. “At a time when First Amendment freedoms are at the forefront of many conversations, we will rely on Sergio’s leadership as we focus the Newseum’s impact to ensure that fundamental freedoms remain strong and protected today and for future generations.”
Furman earned a certificate in marketing management from the Graduate Business School of Columbia University, along with a Bachelor of Arts in commerce and economics, cum laude, from the University of Toronto. He is a board member and vice president of the New York City chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and a national board member of EarthShare.