Steve Blank to lead USAC Foundation


(March 28, 2016) – USA Cycling announced Monday that Steve Blank has joined USA Cycling as the Executive Director of the USA Cycling Foundation.
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Steve Blank joins the USA Cycling Foundation with more than two decades of fundraising experience.

Blank joins the USA Cycling Foundation with more than two decades of fundraising experience, most recently as the Surfrider Foundation’s Director of Development.
“Steve is assuming leadership of USA Cycling’s Foundation at a pivotal time,” said USA Cycling CEO Derek Bouchard-Hall. “We are seeking to do more for more types of riders than ever before. With a renewed emphasis on grassroots development, an expansion into enthusiast cyclists and greater commitment to developing all forms of elite cycling, the Foundation will prove more essential than ever in supporting the development of American cycling.”
The USA Cycling Foundation is the non-profit fundraising arm of USA Cycling for U.S. National and Olympic Team athlete development. The Foundation was created to raise money for year-round support of athlete training, development, competition and travel needs. The USACF receives no federal funding or subsidies and operates solely through private donations from individuals, corporations and other foundations.
“I’m thrilled to join the USA Cycling Foundation. Cycling is a sport that people are deeply passionate about, and it’s our goal to connect that enthusiasm with philanthropy to support our athletes both at the elite level and throughout the development stages,” Blank said. “The recent success of our women's athletes with the UCI Hour Record and World Championships Women's Team Pursuit gold medal are excellent examples of our success and show that our donors are having a profound impact on U.S. athletes and teams.”
Blank led development efforts for the Surfrider Foundation, an international, environmental non-profit based in Southern California, for nearly 12 years. There, he managed all fundraising efforts for the global organization, including individual, foundation and corporate philanthropic giving. Until leaving Surfrider, he was the Vice Chair of the Board of EarthShare and chaired their Development Committee. He was also a member of the Board of the Surfing Heritage and Cultural Center, a 20-year member of the Executive Committee and past Chair (2001) of the Moores UCSD Cancer Center Luau & Longboard Invitational.
Blank received his B.A. in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and his Masters in International Business Management from the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies (IR/PS) at UC-San Diego.

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