Bratone Named Fundraiser of the YearAug 15th, 1998 | By tcj | Category: 10-1: Teaching Math and Science, Tribal College News
Barbara Bratone–the American Indian College Fund’s director of resource development–was named the Charity Fundraising Executive of the Year by the National Federation of Nonprofits. She received the honor after helping to raise record levels of support for tribal colleges in 1997. Under Bratone’s direction, the College Fund distributed $3.2 million last year. That amounted to $100,000 in scholarships to each college–far surpassing the $55,000 each school received in 1996.
“Barbara has achieved immeasurable success,” says Fund executive director Richard Williams. “Not personal success, but success in helping other people.” Williams nominated Bratone for the honor, which was awarded April 28 in Washington, D.C. It was an inaugural honoring of charity executives the Federation plans to make annually.
A wife and mother of three, Bratone has worked in development for more than 25 years. She was the first development and evaluation officer for the Phelps-Stokes Fund and the Ms. Foundation for Women. She was the founding executive director of the College Fund, beginning as its first full-time employee in 1989. In the first year, $800 was distributed to each college. Today, the Fund has raised a total of more than $35 million and has offices in Denver, New York, and Portland, OR. The full-time staff numbers 22–three-quarters who are American Indian, including executive director Williams, a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe.