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Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center's new head fund-raiser ready to meet researchers' changing needs

SEATTLE — October 25, 2005 — The Hutchinson Center's newly hired vice president of Development is charged with a task she finds both challenging and exciting: increasing private donations to a comprehensive cancer center that has traditionally relied heavily upon federal funding for research.

Nancy Wells, a fund-raising expert with more than 15 years in the field, believes the key to success is helping people see that the Hutchinson Center represents world-class scientific research with the potential to save lives.

Wells answers matter-of-factly when asked what motivates an individual to donate money. "People give because they see what can be."

"Cancer is a very powerful, emotional disease that affects everyone," Wells said. "And the Hutchinson Center has a proven track record of producing when given the resources. Now, we're simply looking for new opportunities to bring our science and the world together."

Wells joins the Center at a time when the institution has begun to take a hard look at diversifying its revenue stream, which has consisted largely of federal dollars that are becoming increasingly scarce. Hutchinson Center president and director Lee Hartwell, Ph.D., said that Wells has the right combination of experience, energy and vision to lead the Center toward its goal of significantly increasing private donations during the next five years.

"Nancy brings a wealth of experience in managing complex development operations and in securing and stewarding large philanthropic gifts," he said. "Her background and experience will be invaluable as we move forward with our strategic fund-raising goals. We are all very pleased she is here."

Wells most recently served as vice principal of Development and Alumni Relations at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, where she directed planning for the university's $500 million comprehensive fund-raising campaign. Prior to joining McGill, she spent 11 years at Stanford University, where she held the positions of associate vice president and director of University Development. During her tenure at Stanford, she was actively involved in planning and implementation of a $1 billion endowment campaign.

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Media Contacts
Christi Ball Loso
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
(206) 667-5215

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