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Guild Welcomes New Director of Development

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Jun 02, 2015

We are pleased to announce that Elizabeth LaCause has joined the Guild staff as director of development. Drawing on nearly 20 years of experience as a fundraiser and leader for arts organizations, Liz will partner closely with our executive director and the board of trustees in building strategies to increase the fundraising revenues of the National Guild.

With a new director of development, the Guild is continuing to implement a staffing plan that will align human resources with our organization’s future direction and maximize efficiency and programmatic impact. In her new role, Liz will develop, prioritize, and implement comprehensive individual and institutional strategies for building the Guild’s capacities; work closely with the senior management team to maximize fundraising from foundations, corporate sponsors, and government agencies on the federal, state, and local levels; and develop a holistic strategy to steward and communicate with current donors, as well as attract new donors to the organization.

“We are thrilled to welcome Liz to our staff,” said Executive Director Jonathan Herman. “In her past roles she has successfully implemented strategies for boosting individual giving and identifying new foundational revenue streams. These experiences will be invaluable for the Guild as we finalize new strategic priorities and look to maximize the impact of our services.”

Liz comes to the National Guild with a background in development, organizational management, and public relations for the arts. Her last project was with Only Make Believe (OMB) where she was hired as a development consultant for a six-month term, putting in place development systems and processes for the organization’s expansion plan. Prior to OMB, she was the director of development & communications for Career Transition For Dancers. Her career began in 1990 with a public relations firm for clients such as the Paul Taylor Dance Company, Merce Cunningham Dance Company, and The Joyce Theater.  From there, she took a position with New York City Ballet in the Education Department to manage its lecture-demonstration program, serving public school children in the Tri-State area. She became the acting director of the Performing Arts Department at Snug Harbor Cultural Center in 2000, followed by five years as Executive Director with the Staten Island Chamber Music Players. She also founded her own company, Festivals in Concert, which specialized in development and marketing for performing arts events before joining the staff at RIOULT Dance NY, serving as its executive director. She earned a BA and BS from Skidmore College in English literature and dance, and in 2006 earned a masters in nonprofit management (MNM) from Regis University in Denver, CO.  As a former dancer, Liz is motivated by a lifetime passion for the arts and for arts education.
 

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