Helping Others to Help Students
Directing Philanthropies at BYU
“It’s nice,” says Tanise Chung-Hoon, gesturing out the window toward the Gordon B. Hinckley Alumni and Visitors Center (HC). “I get to see a real, tangible example of the work that I do every day.”
Chung-Hoon is an alumna of the Educational Leadership and Foundations (EDLF) program, housed in the McKay school. She believes that education and leadership are the keys to growth. “The McKay School helped me appreciate even more the value of an excellent education and highly-qualified educators. When I received my doctorate, it helped me to grow while becoming a better leader and teacher. In my current assignment, I am able to help educate others about the incredible opportunities available to bless lives in remarkable ways. Teaching and learning underscores everything.”
As the Director of BYU Principal Gifts Office, Chung-Hoon participated in raising the funds to build the HC and the new broadcast building, among other campus landmarks. Recently, Chung-Hoon has been appointed director of BYU operations for LDS Philanthropies, and, like her former position, her new job gives her the opportunity to see philanthropy work to help BYU students continually.
“I love my job,” she says. “I really work with the best people in the world. They give time, talent, treasure, and testimony to help others; I get to see people at their best.” These people, according to Chung-Hoon, are generous donors looking for ways to most effectively help students. The previously mentioned HC, for example, was built with donated funds. She describes BYU’s donors as “wonderful people who want to make a difference in a personal way.”
As director, Chung-Hoon works primarily with donors, fundraisers, and campus administration. “I don’t look at fundraising the way a lot of people do,” she remarks. “You can’t make anybody give anything. I’m there to share with people opportunities to consider where they can choose to invest. Fundraising is really about teaching and sharing inspiring stories.” She specializes in one-on-one interactions with donors, and counts many of these donors as close friends.
Learn more about the history of LDS Philanthropies here.
19 March 2012