Donaldson named Arizona School for the Arts new development director

Public charter school Arizona School for the Arts has announced Marion Donaldson as its new development director.

Marion Donaldson

Marion Donaldson

As a seasoned development manager, Ms. Donaldson brings more than a decade of experience in forming strategic partnerships, cultivating gifts, managing relationships with stakeholders and raising the profile of both nonprofit and for-profit organizations throughout the Valley, according to a press release.

Ms. Donaldson most recently served as development manager for Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona where she regularly exceeded her goals and secured the single largest, cultivated gift from a private foundation in the nonprofit’s 21-year history, the release states.

Ms. Donaldson also built and nurtured strategic partnerships with Neiman Marcus, Goodmans Interior Structures, Desert Song Yoga, and Barneys New York in Scottsdale.

“Ms. Donaldson’s proven track record of success coupled with her personal and professional commitment to education, the arts and children, as well as her deep roots in our community, make her a valuable addition to our school,” said Arizona School for the Arts CEO/Head of School Leah Fregulia Roberts.

“We look forward to deepening our relationships with our current supporters and expanding our partnerships even further into the community to help us continue to carry out our mission of providing an innovative model in education with a concentration on college preparation through immersion in the performing arts.”

Ms. Donaldson is a member of the Contemporary Forum at Phoenix Art Museum, a founding member of Suns Charities 88 (the emerging professionals arm of Phoenix Suns Charities), serves on the Monarch Council for Desert Botanical Garden, and is an ambassador for Local First Arizona.

She has served on several nonprofit committees, including Valley Leadership Man & Woman of the Year.
Ms. Donaldson received the Goodmans Interior Structures 60th Anniversary “Chair Reaction” award in 2014, “Free to Express” Free Arts of Arizona Volunteer of the Year Award in 2010 and was an “AZ’s Finest” honoree for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in 2010.

She was also an American Express Leadership Academy participant in 2014 and a graduate of the Arizona Chapter of Association of Fundraising Professionals Mentor Program in 2012.

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