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Lynn Cook

Lynn Cook

Executive Director

Playing for the Cause

St. Louis, Other




I am in the process of building my dream job from the ground up. Playing for the Cause will be a non-profit dedicated to connecting touring musical artists with their fans through charitable giving.
Career medium 05

Academy of Science-St. Louis

Director of Development

• Redesigned existing membership program to provide new benefit-based, tiered levels
• Track and analyze constituent data
• Prepare membership acquisition and upgrade strategies using donor analytics
• Prepare corporate and foundation outreach materials
• Increased average individual gift size by over 11%
• Design and implement an annual corporate giving program
• Recruit leadership for a new Young Friends Council
• Spearhead the redesign of all print materials including Annual Report to the Community, dinner invitations, membership brochures, and letterhead
• Complete graphic design work for invitations and letterhead
• Establish relationships with external print, design, direct mail, and media vendors
• Plan and implement annual Outstanding Scientists Dinner
• Supervise interns and volunteers


Jazz St. Louis

Manager of Membership and Special Events

• Design new benefit-based, tiered membership program
• Manage all special events including board meetings, cultivation dinners, and galas
• Maintain Donor Perfect fundraising database
• Research new constituent relationship management software

Career medium 06
Career medium 06

Missouri Botanical Garden

Manager, Member Programs

• Maintain the base of nearly 38,000 member households
• Recruit up to 7,000 new member households annually
• Prepare membership acquisition and upgrade strategies
• Plan and implement all member events including education programs, family events, and cocktail parties, in conjunction with event committees
• Manage the Garden’s Young Friends’ program resulting in 100% growth in two years
• Serve as staff liaison to the Members’ Board of the Missouri Botanical Garden
• Supervise one administrative assistant, one intern, and a team of volunteers
• Determine membership levels and benefits, including creating new levels and eliminating levels as needed
• Track member feedback and resolve issues as they arise
• Track and fulfill donation requests


Missouri Botanical Garden

Prospect Research Coordinator

• Researched individual prospects using online and print resources
• Wrote and edited individual profiles and biographical sketches
• Drafted briefing memos for stewardship and solicitation meetings
• Tracked prospects using Raiser’s Edge
• Prepared family trees for key prospects using Family Tree Maker software
• Coordinated planned gifts
• Prepared planned giving contracts and proposals using PG Calc software
• Tracked donor recognition opportunities
• Created comprehensive database of all named and unnamed Garden venues

Career medium 05
Career medium 03

Missouri Botanical Garden

Capital Campaign Coordinator

• Managed the implementation and maintenance of telemarketing campaign
• Worked with external vendors to prepare direct mail pieces
• Prepared solicitation materials, proposals, and other major correspondence
• Created capital campaign reports, records, and files
• Prepared planned giving contracts and proposals using Crescendo Pro software


St. Louis Science Center

Campaign Coordinator

• Designed and implemented a staff campaign with 99% participation
• Staffed campaign committees composed of Trustees, volunteers, and staff
• Identified and researched individual and corporate prospects
• Managed detailed financial reports
• Managed donor recognition opportunities
• Established new gift processing procedures

Career medium 01

Saint Louis University

Master of Arts, Public Administration

Drury University

Bachelor of Arts, Political Science