New Executive Director at GCSAA Foundation

Ryan Flickinger.

Lawrence, Kansas, United States: Ryan Flickinger, a fund-raising professional with more than two decades of experience, has been named as Executive Director of the GCSAA Foundation, the philanthropic organisation of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA).

In the newly-created role, Flickinger will focus on increasing philanthropic support of Foundation-funded programmes such as First Green, the Golf Course Environmental Profile and scholarships and grants. 

He will be working to develop new initiatives and fund-raising strategies to support improving access to the game of golf, critical aspects of course management and pathways to the profession.

Prior to coming to the GCSAA Foundation, Flickinger most recently served as Chief Executive Officer of the Pi Kappa Alpha Foundation for 10 years. In his time there, the Pi Kappa Alpha Foundation’s endowment nearly tripled in size, and he was personally responsible for raising more than US$15 million for the organisation.

GCSAA Chief Executive Officer Rhett Evans said: “Ryan’s track record as a fund-raiser speaks for itself. His leadership skills and wealth of experience in foundations will be a valuable asset as we continue to grow and raise awareness of the many ways the GCSAA Foundation benefits not only the golf industry, but also the communities the golf courses serve, which is why we developed this new position. He has a true passion for our cause, and I’m looking forward to working with him as he helps us further the Foundation’s mission.”

In his role, Flickinger will also be responsible for increasing brand awareness of the Foundation and growing funding by expanding the network of donors ranging from individuals to corporate entities.

“I want to develop a culture of giving back,” Flickinger said. “I want to carefully build an infrastructure that will enable the Foundation to increase and grow its support every year. I immediately picked up on the close-knit community of GCSAA and the entire golf industry, and I am excited to help advance a meaningful and important profession.”

A native of Illinois, Flickinger spent much of his childhood growing up on a farm, which gave him a deep understanding of the importance of managing resources, engaging in environmental stewardship and working to benefit the local community in a similar manner to the job of superintendents.

He graduated from Southern Illinois University with a Bachelor’s degree in Administration of Justice. He also holds the Certified Fund-raising Executive (CFRE) designation. In addition, Flickinger serves many local and national philanthropic organisations and causes by giving of his time and by serving in volunteer leadership roles.

When he is not on the road networking or visiting with donors, Flickinger will work remotely from Memphis, but will make frequent visits to GCSAA headquarters in Kansas.

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