Michael Carroll

Senior Philanthropic Advisor


Michael Carroll is theSenior Philanthropic Advisor at the Institute for the Study of War (ISW). Mr. Carroll is a fundraising professional with more than thirty years of development experience. He is a veteran of six major capital campaigns — five that exceeded fundraising goals and one that is poised to end in success in 2020.

From 2012 to 2017, Mr. Carroll served as the Vice President for Institution Advancement at The National World War II Museum in New Orleans. During the four-year period 2013-2017, the museum raised $110 million in private major gift and campaign support, doubling what the museum raised during the previous four-year period. His service at the museum held personal significance, in that family members had served in the war.

Prior to his service at the museum, he served as President of the University of Cincinnati (UC) Foundation and Vice President of Development and Alumni Affairs at UC. He was responsible for oversight of the university’s most ambitious fundraising campaign in its history, the eight-year, $1 billion “Proudly Cincinnati: Tower of Strength, Rock of Truth”. Upon his departure, the UC campaign had raised $822 million and was on track to reach its goal by its conclusion in 2013. 

Mr. Carroll has held the top job at university foundations in Ohio, New Mexico, and New Jersey. Past postings include the University of New Mexico (UNM) in Albuquerque, where he served as President of the UNM Foundation and Vice President of Institutional Advancement. At Rutgers (RU), The State University of New Jersey, Mr. Carroll spent seven years at the helm of the RU Foundation as its president and Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations. He was responsible for oversight of the universitywide $500 million capital campaign “Creating the Future Today”, which exceeded its goal by $115 million.

Mr. Carroll’s fundraising experience also includes two successful capital campaigns in support of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech). As Associate Vice President for University Development, Mr. Carroll led oversight of the universitywide Campaign for Virginia Tech, which exceeded its goal by $87 million. Prior to that success, he planned and executed Virginia Tech’s first-ever campaign in support of intercollegiate athletics, the “Second Century Campaign”. It ended nearly $2 million over its goal.

Mr. Carroll held collegiate athletic fundraising positions at The University of California-Irvine, Centenary College of Louisiana, and East Carolina University. He received a MA in Sports Administration from Ohio University and a BA from North Carolina State University. 

He currently serves as Vice President of the Union League Club of New York’s Clubhouse Foundation, for which he has been the volunteer Director of Development since October 2017.

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