Ruffalo Noel Levitz Helps AFP Raise $1 Million

Sarah Kleeberger

Sarah Kleeberger

President of the Fundraising Management Division at Ruffalo Noel Levitz
Sarah Kleeberger serves as President of the Ruffalo Noel Levitz Fundraising Management Division. Sarah provides strategic leadership for the RNL platform of integrated phonathon, crowdfunding and multichannel donor engagement products worldwide.
Sarah Kleeberger


Last week, the Association of Fundraising Professionals announced that Ruffalo Noel Levitz reached one million dollars in raised revenue on behalf of the foundation and AFP’s U.S. chapters through our cooperative Annual Fund calling program.

“I speak for all of our boards and staff when I say AFP is so thankful for the generosity, dedication and leadership of Ruffalo Noel Levitz—and in particular its president and CEO, Stephen Meyer—in working with the fundraising community,” said Andrew Watt, president and CEO of AFP.

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RuffaloCODY honored by the Iowa College Foundation (ICF)

Representatives from the Iowa College Foundation (ICF) were in the Cedar Rapids area on September 27 and 28 to honor two of its supporters for their contributions and commitment to private higher education in Iowa. Representatives of ICF member colleges presented 10 year plaques to Diamond V Mills, Inc. and RuffaloCODY.

Randy Ramlo, President and CEO of United Fire and Casualty Company serves as chairman for the annual area campaign. He joins other business leaders across Iowa who, as volunteers for ICF, help raise awareness and resources for private higher education in this area and around the state.

Now in its 60th year of service to its member institutions, the Iowa College Foundation is an association of the 23 independent colleges and universities in Iowa. ICF, whose member institutions enroll over 48,000 students annually, represents a united funds approach to financing independent higher education in Iowa. Last year, ICF raised more than $1.8 million from nearly 700 corporations, foundations and individuals. Most of the funds raised by ICF are distributed to students in the form of scholarships. Nationally, ICF ranks first in number of donors and second in the total gift income raised among 32 similar college foundations in the United States.


Al Ruffalo: Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient

Albert P. Ruffalo (’69) came to Loras from Kenosha, Wisconsin, after graduating from St. Joseph’s High School. Loras is special to Ruffalo because, “it was my home for four years and taught me to think outside the box.” That dynamic thinking has allowed Ruffalo to achieve great success in his personal and business life.

While at Loras, he participated in Intramurals football, wrestling and softball, and served as Vice President of the Commerce Club. He received his bachelor’s degree in Accounting and wasted no time establishing his career.

Ruffalo worked as the marketing manager with the National Oats Corporation, held various positions at TelecomUSA, was president of a subsidiary of MCI Direct, and served as the executive vice president in a variety of departments at McLeod USA.

While serving at McLeod USA, Ruffalo teamed with Clark McLeod, Blake Fisher and Stephen Gray to form RuffaloCODY, a direct marketing and telemarketing services company. When the company started in 1991, they began with 50 employees, and by 2009, the company had grown to 3,000 employees in 85 locations! In 2007, Inc. Magazine named RuffaloCODY as one of America’s 5,000 fastest-growing private companies.

In the fall of 2005, Loras College was one of the pilot schools for the new Graduate Services phonathon program that RuffaloCODY was implementing. The program was a huge success and Loras College still uses RuffaloCODY’s services today for the annual phonathon fundraiser.

Ruffalo has been very generous to Loras, serving on the Board of Regents from 1998-2007 and was named Regent Emeritus in 2008. He and his wife, Martha, have generously supported many projects across campus, including the walkway connecting the Academic Resource Center and the Alumni Campus Center which was named in their honor.

A few of the honorable awards Ruffalo has earned include: Midwest Emerging Entrepreneur of the year by Inc. Magazine, Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame, and Cedar Rapids Chamber of Commerce Entrepreneur of the Year Award. In his spare time, Ruffalo has donated his time as a member of both the Board of Trustees for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Eastern Iowa and Junior Achievement of Eastern Iowa, and has also served as chair for the Mount Mercy Scholarship campaign.

Ruffalo is proud to have his son Paul continue the Loras legacy by becoming a Duhawk and receiving his degree in 2000.

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RuffaloCODY Named One of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies for Sixth Year

Inc. has ranked RuffaloCODY on its annual list of the fastest growing private companies in the United States for the sixth time. The 2011 ranking marks the fifth straight year of recognition as a top 5,000 company. RuffaloCODY was first recognized in 1996 as a top 500 company with a ranking of 26. The Cedar Rapids, Iowa-based company grew by 40% over the last three years and is ranked number 3,746 out of the top 5,000 on the 2011 list. Inc. also ranked RuffaloCODY as the 345th fastest growing company in the USA for its industry category.

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Fundraising Exceeds Expectations – Ohio University

Ohio University’s fundraising call center has hit its million-dollar mark about a month sooner than usual and expects to raise about $1.15 million before the end of the fiscal year.

An experienced group of student callers have contributed to the spike in pledges, said Jennifer Bowie, director of development for University Advancement, OU’s fundraising department.


Ole Miss Video Testimonial

Hear what Jennifer Southall, Director of Annual Giving,  from Ole Miss has to say about working with RuffaloCODY!

American Council on Education

Stan Campbell, MASTERS Division President, RuffaloCODY, welcomes attendees of the American Council on Education’s 93rd Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. Over 1,000 presidents, chancellors, chiefs of staff, and provosts were in attendance at a plenary session sponsored by RuffaloCODY—The Great American University:  A National Treasure—which celebrated the national importance of higher education to the United States and the world.  At this session, the ACE Learner of the Year Award was presented to Mercedes Acuna, a full-time U.S. Army Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (FMWR) Command employee who recently received her bachelor’s degree from Excelsior College after nine years of hard work and determination. 


RuffaloCODY Sponsors American Council on Education

Stan Campbell, MASTERS Division President, RuffaloCODY, welcomes attendees of the American Council on Education’s 93rd Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. Over 1,000 presidents, chancellors, chiefs of staff, and provosts were in attendance at a plenary session sponsored by RuffaloCODY. Read More

Bowl for Kids Sake

54 RuffaloCODY employees from the Cedar Rapids area participated on bowling teams in the 2011 ‘Bowl for Kids Sake’ event on February 15th to raise funds for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cedar Rapids & East Central Iowa. RuffaloCODY raised just over $9,100 when the ‘casual dress’ proceeds for January and February were combined with the total raised by the bowlers.

The amount raised last year was slightly over $8,000 in 2010; and $5,000 was raised in 2009 … so this year’s total represented a healthy overall increase. RuffaloCODY was a corporate sponsor of the event.

RuffaloCODY Expands Strategic Outreach Initiatives, Adds Professional and Technical Staff Positions

Press Release - Expansion, February 2011

CASE VI Business Partner Award


RuffaloCODY is proud to be the recipient of the first CASE VI Business Partner Award for outstanding dedication and support to be presented in seven years! The award was presented during the the CASE VI Conference in Kansas City last month.

After winning a CASE VI Resource Partner Award in 2003, RuffaloCODY became the first-ever GOLD SPONSOR when the CASE VI Sponsorship Program was revamped in 2008. In 2011, we are proud to be the only GOLD-PLUS SPONSOR.

In fact, RuffaloCODY has been supporting the mission, vision and values of CASE District VI — and CASE nationwide — since the early 1990s. We believe the advocacy and training CASE provides is a vital resource for educational institutions, and we plan to continue that support.

RuffaloCODY Executives Volunteer On Behalf of Xavier High School 2011 Business Appeal


Duane Jasper and Brian Donnelly

Duane Jasper and Brian Donnelly

RuffaloCODY President Duane Jasper is leading one of eight teams that will canvass businesses and corporations in the Cedar Rapids, Iowa, area as part of the Xavier High School 2011 Business Appeal.  More than 80 volunteers are participating in the Appeal, including RuffaloCODY Senior Vice President of Nonprofit Operations Brian Donnelly.  This year’s Appeal, which began on February 3, has a goal of raising $110,000 to meet the financial needs of the school, as well as providing support for Xavier’s scholarship and bond repayment programs.

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