Lore Award

Charles “Chuck” Hammond

Dr. John S. Lore Award for Outstanding Fundraising Executive

Nominated by The Children’s Foundation

Charles “Chuck” Hammond began his career in fundraising in 1980 with the United Way for Southeastern Michigan, where he worked on the annual Torch Drive campaign in a variety of assignments. In 1985, he was hired by the Detroit Zoological Society as its first Executive Director, a position he held for over 12 years. Chuck’s tenure at the zoo was marked by dramatic increases in membership and philanthropy, firmly reestablishing the Detroit Zoo as one of America’s best.

In 1997, Chuck moved to the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit where, as Chief Development Officer, he successfully managed the completion of the $100 million “Cancer Care and Cure Campaign.” In 1999, he served in a similar capacity at Henry Ford Health System as Executive Director of the $150 million “Fund for the Future.”

In 2000, Chuck was recruited by The Alford Group, one of the nation’s leading nonprofit management consulting firms, to lead the new Great Lakes Regional Office. In that capacity, he established a successful practice while serving notable regional and national clients. Among them were the American Cancer Society Foundation, the Loma Linda University Medical Center, Detroit Public Schools Foundation, Detroit Public Television, HAVEN, Heidelberg College, and the University of Michigan. Chuck founded Hammond & Associates in 2005 and is considered a leader in the consulting business due to his considerable experience, high standard of ethics, and best practices. He is dedicated to drive the best solutions for the best outcomes in fundraising. 

Throughout his career, Chuck has held leadership positions on numerous nonprofit boards and professional organizations, including AFP Greater Detroit Chapter, Common Ground Sanctuary, Christ Church Cranbrook, Old Newsboys’ Goodfellow Fund of Detroit, Oakland Executives Association, the Greening of Detroit; and Yatooma’s Foundation For The Kids. Chuck has selflessly advanced the profession of philanthropy through his continuous involvement in all areas of the nonprofit community. Chuck is also a wonderful husband, father, friend, and true gentleman.