Jeff Liba Joins WAG Team as Major Gifts Officer

Winnipeg, Manitoba, May 2, 2016: The Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG) is pleased to announce the appointment of Jeff Liba as Major Gifts Officer to the Inuit Art Centre Capital Campaign.

Liba brings a wealth of fundraising knowledge and   over 15 years of successful philanthropic development. As the former Director of Philanthropy at the Canadian National Institute for the Blind and most recently as Senior Partner at Strategic Fundraising Solutions Ltd, Liba has a proven track record of effectively launching new public and corporate programs and initiatives.

Under Liba’s leadership as Director of University Advancement at Grant MacEwan University, endowments grew from $13 million to $47 million over a six-year period. Reporting to the Capital Campaign Director, the Major Gifts Officer is responsible for planning, coordinating, and implementing the major donor program and the solicitation of gifts as well as cultivation and stewardship solicitation. Liba assumes the position May 3, 2016.

“Jeff Liba’s experience successfully developing and sustaining major gifts along with his history of revenue growth make him an excellent candidate for this position and campaign,” says Dr. Stephen Borys, WAG Director & CEO. “Building the Inuit Art Centre in Winnipeg is pivotal and Jeff will help make that happen. We are excited to have him join our team.”

This past March, the Inuit Art Centre received a $5 million commitment from the City of Winnipeg. Last November, the Government of Manitoba announced its commitment of $15 million toward the project. And to date, the private sector has committed more than $15 million in funding. $15 million is being sought from the Government of Canada.

The WAG holds in trust the world’s largest public collection of contemporary Inuit art. Using the art as a vehicle, the creation of the Inuit Art Centre allows the WAG to further celebrate and engage with Inuit and Indigenous cultures through exhibition, research, education, and art making. It will also house the WAG’s nationally recognized Studio art and learning program.

For more information or to prearrange interviews, please contact:
Catherine Maksymiuk
Manager, Media and Marketing
Winnipeg Art Gallery

Tammy Sawatzky
Public Relations Coordinator
Winnipeg Art Gallery

The Winnipeg Art Gallery is a cultural advocate – a lens and forum – helping people see and experience more through art. Playing a vital role in the community, engaging and enriching people of all ages and backgrounds through art and culture, the Winnipeg Art Gallery thrives as a creative, innovative, and accessible place for learning, discovery, and inspiration.



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