Leadership Profile

Michael J. Morsberger, CFRE

Vice President for Advancement
CEO, UCF Foundation, Inc.


Michael Morsberger is the Vice President for Advancement and the CEO of the UCF Foundation, Inc.

Morsberger has over 30 years in nonprofit fundraising and nonprofit leadership. He arrived at UCF at a pivotal time — in the silent phase of IGNITE: The Campaign for UCF — and was asked to reorganize and rejuvenate both the advancement team and campaign strategy to substantially accelerate fundraising capacity. 

At the halfway mark in the campaign timeline, $196 million had been raised against a $500 million goal. IGNITE launched publicly in September 2016 with over $265 million raised and concluded on June 30, 2019 with a total attainment of $531.5 million. That same year, UCF Advancement received the Educational Fundraising Award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) for overall improvement. 

Morsberger started his career in his hometown of Baltimore, Maryland, with several smaller charitable institutions including the Maryland Special Olympics and The National Aquarium in Baltimore. In 1995, he joined the major gifts team at Johns Hopkins Medicine and worked his way up to Executive Director of Oncology Development. He was the lead staff member involved with securing the then largest gift in Johns Hopkins’ history, when philanthropist Sidney Kimmel committed $150 million to rename their renowned Comprehensive Cancer Center. 

Following Johns Hopkins, Morsberger became Associate Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations for the University of Virginia Health System and Executive Director of the UVA Health Foundation. He then transitioned into the role of Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations at Duke Medicine before heading to Washington D.C. to become Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations at George Washington University. At GW, Morsberger oversaw the planning and launch of the $1 billion Making History campaign and helped to secure the two biggest gifts in university history ($50 million and $30 million). 

In April 2020, Morsberger will be presented with the CASE/Commonfund Institutionally Related Foundation Award for leadership and service to the profession, in Washington, D.C.

A first generation college graduate, Morsberger received his bachelor’s degree in journalism from Radford University and his master’s degree in philanthropy and development from Saint Mary’s University in Minnesota. Morsberger is married to his college sweetheart, Marybeth and has two daughters, Courtney and Allison.

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