Megan Smulski is responsible for sourcing, cultivating and securing gifts of leadership impact from alumni and friends to the University. Specifically, she is focused on finding new sources of support to sustain and elevate the level of capital, discretionary and endowed funding to enhance Pitt’s ability to compete and win at both the ACC and the NCAA championship level. Her work with Pitt Athletics began in the summer of 2010.
Megan is a member of team who successfully reached the Athletic Department's goal in the largest capital campaign in the history of Western Pennsylvania ($2B) and has raised significant support towards the University endowment, the 26th largest collegiate endowment in the country (2016, NAUCBO).
In addition to fundraising and market expansion efforts, she acts as in-house counsel on proposals, deferred gifts and gifts of endowment. Prior to her current role, since 2005, Megan has served Pitt’s central advancement office in a number of development and gift officer roles. She continues to report into Institutional Advancement.
Prior to her fundraising roles at Pitt, Megan was the Director of the 2004 Betty Puskar FUTURES Golf Classic, a satellite tour stop of the LPGA Tour benefitting the Betty J. Puskar Breast Care Center at WVU Hospitals in Morgantown, WV. During her one-year graduate appointment, she was the sole solicitor for personal and corporate gifts to the Tournament and ran tournament operations on site with the FUTURES Tour officials and the staff of the Pines Country Club. In her senior year at West Virginia, Megan served as a student assistant in WVU’s Sports Information Office, working as the primary media relations liaison for volleyball, cross country and track and field, assisting with football and men’s basketball.
Her professional memberships include the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning, the Pittsburgh Planned Giving Council and the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics. Since arriving at Pitt, she have done extensive external training in the areas of asset gifting, planned giving and individual major gifts structure. Both internally and externally, she has presented talks in the areas of prospecting, major gift cultivation, solicitation and blended gifts (major/planned).
From 1999-2000, Megan attended John Carroll University where she was a two-sport varsity student-athlete (soccer, track and field). She transferred to West Virginia University, earning a Bachelor of Science in Journalism specializing in Public Relations (B.S.J., 2003) and then a Master of Science in Sport Management (M.S., 2004). Continuing her education at Pitt, she has taken classes through the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and the School of Education and is currently completing Pitt’s certificate program in Organizational Leadership and Ethics.
A Jefferson Hills, Pa. native, Megan and her husband, Anthony (Former football player at Cornell University, and a Vice President for Greystone Consulting) live in the South Hills with their son, Owen, and their daughter, Cameron. Megan and her family are donors themselves, actively supporting Pitt Athletics, St. Anthony’s School program, the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank, Cornell University and the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh.
Beyond the Bio
Favorite Place on the University of Pittsburgh campus:
The Commons Room in the Cathedral of Learning. I enjoy walking through the Commons during the academic year, it is a great reminder of how the work we do everyday benefits the student experience. It’s also so special to visit during the holidays.
Favorite Sports Moment at Pitt:
In 2016, the win over Penn State at Heinz Field. It was an amazing day – tremendous atmosphere for a college football game - and a signature win for our football program, the University and our city.
Favorite Pittsburgh Restaurant:
I have two favorites - Alla Famiglia on Mount Washington and Penn Avenue Fish Company in the Strip District.
Favorite thing to do in Pittsburgh:
Taking a walk with my family along the river trails– we live in such a beautiful place!
Hobbies outside of work:
Running! I have run several half marathons and completed the full Pittsburgh Marathon in 2010. I also enjoy yoga, spending time with my family, cooking and seasonally, golf and skiing.
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