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Published on March 18, 2020

Avera Names Berberovic as Chief Philanthropy Officer

Dzenan BerberovicAvera President and CEO Bob Sutton announced today the selection of Dzenan Berberovic, MA, CFRE, as the Chief Philanthropy Officer for Avera Health.

The Chief Philanthropy Officer (CPO) will serve as a member of the executive team of Avera Health and champion philanthropy at the highest levels of the organization to develop a system-wide philanthropic vision that is aligned with Avera's long-term strategic goals and priorities. 

“Serving Avera in this role is the greatest professional privilege of my life,” said Berberovic. “It’s humbling. I cannot think of doing something more meaningful than growing the Sisters’ heritage of healing for those who need us most – our patients, residents and their loved ones.”

Berberovic started at Avera in 2017 as the Foundation Executive Director for Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center. Before that, he served in successive leadership roles for the University of South Dakota Foundation, culminating as Executive Director for Principal Giving.

Berberovic holds a bachelor’s degree from USD and a master’s degree in philanthropy and development from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. He is credentialed by CFRE International as a Certified Fundraising Executive. In 2018, the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Global named him the Outstanding Young Professional of the Year.

With more than a decade of experience, Berberovic is a trusted partner for colleagues at Avera on many topics related to philanthropy. He successfully planned and implemented multi-million-dollar campaigns that resulted in transformational gifts, and he brings experience in every area of philanthropy to his new role.

Berberovic’s inspiring personal story helped guide him to philanthropy as a career. He and his mother escaped the war-torn country of Bosnia, and with the help of an agency, came from Germany to Sioux Falls.

“I was first introduced to the purpose and power of philanthropy as the grateful recipient of a stranger’s generosity, and my life’s work was born,” he said. “I am committed to helping people – especially society’s most vulnerable.”

Berberovic begins his role on April 6. 

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