May 8, 2012
-- DES MOINES, Iowa — Ganesh Ganpat has joined Lifespace Communities, Inc., a nationally recognized not-for-profit senior living provider, as foundation director. Ganpat, the first to hold the position, will work with each of Lifespace’s 12 senior living communities to maximize their charitable efforts. In recent years, the individual community foundations have led successful large-scale campaigns, including Friendship Village of Bloomington residents raising more than $2.5 million to build a new fitness center in 2011. By hiring Ganpat, Lifespace turned to top local talent to help communities with future initiatives.
“Lifespace Communities has a great mission that celebrates seniors, and I’m looking forward to the unique opportunity I have to work with the residents to guide their fundraising efforts,” said Ganpat. “Each community has unique charitable goals, and I’m excited to help identify them and collaborate to run successful campaigns.”
Ganpat has 23 years of management experience with not-for-profit organizations and 17 years of professional fundraising experience with museums and higher education institutions. Throughout his career he has focused his efforts on financial management, marketing, fund development, public relations, audience development, employee and volunteer management, and establishing partnerships. Ganpat’s fundraising experience includes capital campaigns, annual giving programs, major gifts campaigns, special event fundraising and planned giving programs.
“Lifespace is proud of the giving spirit that exists at all our communities,”
said Scott Harrison, president and CEO of Lifespace Communities. “With Ganesh’s experience and background in fundraising, Lifespace can offer additional support and resources for the great things the communities are already doing.”
Most recently, he served as the executive director of the Des Moines Area Community College Foundation, where he was involved with several capital campaigns, and significantly increased the college’s endowment and scholarship funds. Ganpat began his career with the Science Center of Iowa in museum operations and fundraising. After 11 years, he assumed the position of executive director for the Cedar Rapids Science Station, where he helped expand the museum's exhibit space and added an IMAX Theater. Ganpat later served as executive director at the Discovery Center in Amarillo, Texas, and led fundraising efforts for a $10 million expansion.
Ganpat has served on volunteer boards for the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the Council for Resource Development, and the Cedar Rapids Area Cultural Alliance.
Founded in 1976, Lifespace Communities, based in Des Moines, Iowa, is a not-for-profit corporation that has grown to operate 12 continuing care retirement communities in seven states, serving more than 5,000 residents and employing 2,500 team members. Communities are located in Iowa, Minnesota, Kansas, Illinois, Nebraska, Pennsylvania and Florida. The organization is recognized by the LeadingAge Ziegler Top 100 as the seventh largest not-for-profit senior living provider system in the country. For more information about Lifespace and its communities, visit www.LifespaceCommunities.com.