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May 2017


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Skystone Partners client, Soroptimist International of the Americas (SIA) is proud to announce the addition of Susan Fink as its new Director of Development.  Susan formerly served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer for Philabundance in Philadelphia and has held various leadership development positions previously.  Skystone Partners was honored to conduct the executive search which brought Susan to SIA.

Skystone is delighted to continue our relationship with Village Life Outreach Project of Cincinnati.  In partnership with Skystone Partners, Village Life’s signature event—Night on the Serengeti—had its most successful year ever.  Village Life leads service learning and volunteer trips to Tanzania, providing lifesaving healthcare and infrastructure assistance.

Zoo Knoxville Secures $5 million and Dream Wilder Campaign Casts Vision for the Future

Randy and Jenny Boyd, longtime supporters of Zoo Knoxville, have pledged $5 million to the Dream Wilder Campaign.  In their honor, the first project of the Campaign has been named the Boyd Family Asian Trek.  This gift, the largest from an individual in the Zoo’s history, allows for the addition of new species to the Zoo and the creation of natural habitats unlike anything else in the Zoo currently.

The Boyd Family Asian Trek is the first addition to the Zoo as part of the $30 million Dream Wilder Campaign.  In addition to the new Asian-themed habitat, the Zoo will add a much-anticipated new Reptile Education Center, a new habitat for the river otters closer to the Zoo’s entrance, and a café and restrooms. 

“We are humbled that Randy and Jenny have shown their dedication to the Zoo and to the East Tennessee region by making this historic gift,” said Tim Williams, one of the co-chairs of the Dream Wilder Campaign and immediate past president of the Zoo Knoxville Board of Directors. 

Dream Wilder will allow the Zoo to update its aging infrastructure and a catalyst to the revitalization of the Magnolia Avenue corridor,” Board Chairman Eddie Mannis stated.  “The Zoo has seen record attendance in the past few years with more than 470,000 people visiting each year, half of whom are tourists to the area.  Completion of these projects sets the Zoo firmly on the path to 800,000 annual visitors—our ultimate goal.  That will equal an economic impact of nearly $60 million for the local community.”

Tiger Forest, the first phase of Boyd Family Asian Trek, opened April 8 and allowed thousands of visitors to have their first glimpse of Arya, the Zoo’s new Malayan Tiger.  Zoo Knoxville will have the capacity for six such tigers as part of the American Zoological Association’s Species Survival Plan. 

“Zoo Knoxville is proud to be part of a special effort to breed these endangered animals.  To have this dynamic facility to showcase the animals and the work we are doing is a great honor,” said Lisa New, the Zoo’s President and CEO.
















Announcing the 2017 AFP/Skystone Partners Prize for Research on Fundraising and Philanthropy

Skystone Partners is proud to announce that Dr. Lilya Wagner has won this year’s AFP/Skystone Partners Prize for Research on Fundraising and Philanthropy for her outstanding book, Diversity and Philanthropy: Expanding the Circle of Giving (Praeger 2016). Dr. Wagner becomes the first author to receive the award twice, having already been honored for her earlier work, Careers in Fundraising.

Diversity and Philanthropy: Expanding the Circle of Giving, described as “excellent” by the AFP Research Committee, examines an increasingly important phenomenon: the intersection of philanthropy and diversity and how different populations and traditions are changing the very notions of giving, volunteering and charitable engagement. What makes the volume so distinctive is that Wagner’s work is based on both research and practice and brings together specialists from various countries who provide personal perspectives which explain the preferences for generosity.

Each year, the AFP Research Council awards the Skystone Partners Prize for Research to the author or authors of a book that contributes substantially to the knowledge and understanding of fundraising or philanthropic behavior. The award is made possible by an endowment established by Skystone Partners through the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy to encourage advanced research that extends the knowledge of fundraising and philanthropy.

Wagner is director of Philanthropic Service for Institutions, an internal consulting group for a system of North American church-related organizations ranging from health care, educational, and community service providers. In addition to her extensive experience in fundraising, she is a long-time faculty member of The Fund Raising School, is on the philanthropic studies faculty of the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, and teaches graduate courses for St. Mary’s University in Minnesota. AFP presented the Skystone Partners Prize for Research at its board meeting before the 54th AFP International Fundraising Conference in San Francisco on April 29.

February 2017



​Skystone Partners client TMS Foundation is proud to announce the addition of Andrea McKinty Holland as its new Development Officer.  Andrea formerly served the American Cancer Society, Phi Theta Kappa Foundation and Allegheny College in senior development positions. Skystone Partners was honored to conduct the search that successfully brought Andrea to TMS Foundation!





Delta Zeta Foundation To Walk TRULY in the Light of the Flame Campaign passes the $3 million mark... and ahead of schedule.  With a total goal of $3.5 million, the campaign supports the newly developed Member Development program, and expanded leadership and educational opportunities for collegians. 

​Welcome New Clients!


Skystone Partners is proud to welcome Aviatra Accelerators, Per Scholas, and The New School Montessori as new clients this month.  We are excited for the opportunity to work with these organizations on projects such as campaign studies, major gift program development, and board development and executive coaching.