Joshua Truman was recently appointed the executive director of the Friends of the Bassett Healthcare Network.
Truman began working at Bassett in September of 2009 as the director of development, “overseeing personal solicitation of leadership and planned gifts, and event sponsorships,” Karen Huxtable wrote in a media release.
Truman, who began working in his new role on Jan. 1, said in an interview on Monday that the transition from being the director of development to the executive director has been seamless.
“It’s a smooth transition and a great challenge for me to see how we can engage our donors further,” Truman said.
Truman said that in his new position he will have the opportunity to meet and interact with more communities in the Bassett Network including Cobleskill, Oneonta and Herkimer.
“I will be working with these communities to engage our donors and to improve our planned donor base,” Truman said.
“We are working to provide better customer service to our patients and better customer service to our donors,” he continued.
Truman said he learned about fundraising from his days as an assistant golf professional at Cooperstown’s Leatherstocking Golf Course and later as a professional golfer who traveled the country competing in many golf tours and tournaments.
“I had 60 sponsors to support me,” he said. “I said, ‘If I can raise money for myself than I can raise money for a big organization.’”
After about five years as a club professional golfer, Truman decided to work as the major gift officer at Hartwick College, his alma mater.
While he served as “major gifts officer at Hartwick College, Truman was involved in special events, sponsorship acquisition, planning, and stewardship,” said Huxtable in the media release.
Truman said he made the transition to working in a healthcare network because he knew there would be a great need for fundraising and donor relations at Bassett.