Artist, Fundraiser, Leader

Resume posted by liambonner in Arts and Culture.

Desired position type: Full-Time
Location: Houston Texas, United States

liambonner@gmail.com
Tel:
Mobile:
412.298.2765

Summary

After a successful 10-year career on the opera stage, I joined the Houston Symphony development team. Now with a proven track record in non-profit fundraising, I’m looking to leverage my previous career as a performing artist and my development experience for an opera company, symphony, or school of music in an Executive or Artistic capacity. I am willing to relocate for the right opportunity.

Education

EDUCATION:
2005
Master of Music
Manhattan School of Music, New York, NY

2003
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT:
2017
Essentials of Orchestra Management
League of American Orchestras
USC Thornton School of Music, Los Angeles, CA

2016
The Art of Fundraising: The Fundamentals
Center for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership; Glasscock School for Continuing Studies
Rice University, Houston, TX

 

Experience

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:
2017-Present
Manager, Annual Giving Groups
Houston Symphony, Houston, Texas

Directs and manages Symphony groups aimed at creating fundraising opportunities, increasingdonor engagement through Symphony events, and stewardship of Symphony donors:
-Houston Symphony Young Associates Council
Develops and grows the Symphony’s Young Associates Council, including event planning and direction, programming, communications, and maintaining a program to identify, cultivate and solicit new prospects.
-Houston Symphony Family Council
Charged with creating and managing a new program in the 2017/2018 season aimed at identifying and involving Symphony’s families with dynamic family programming and events.
-Musician Sponsorship Program
Manages communications and event planning for the musician sponsor program, increasing total number of events based on positive response during the 2016/2017 season.

Acts as primary fundraising support and liaison for Symphony events:
-Ima Hogg Competition
Manages fundraising efforts for the annual Ima Hogg Competition, towards a $400,000 goal, a goal which has consistently been met and increased since 2015.
-Symphony Ball After-Party
Manages fundraising efforts and act as liaison for Symphony Ball After-Party chairs, specifically targeted to engage and cultivate younger Symphony patrons.

Serves as a direct fundraiser with positive impact on the Development Department’s annualcontributed revenue goal of ~$20 million with a portfolio of $700,000:
Develops and maintains a program to identify, cultivate and solicit new prospects for the Conductor’s Circle giving (annual giving of $5,000 to $24,999).
Assists with management of special project fundraising, including prospect identification.
Writes and compiles pre-performance briefings, including performance notes, to assist all development staff and executive staff with targeted patron engagement.

2015-2017
Development Officer, Individual Giving
Houston Symphony, Houston, Texas

-Managed a large portfolio of individuals in the $1,500 to $10,000 giving range
-Developed and maintained a program to identify, cultivate and solicit new prospects
-Took a leadership role with the Symphony’s Young Associates Council, a philanthropicmembership group for young professionals, grew membership by 45%, and increased totaldollars raised by 85.56% over the 2016 season.
-Responsible for direct and department communications, including face-to-face meetings,email, telephone, and mail communications.
-Managed the musician sponsor program, including communications and event planning,successfully turning this event into a cornerstone of stewardship efforts in the Conductor’sCircle giving range.


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