Bonnie Stevens brings to Schultz & Williams more than 25 years of fundraising experience, having served as both chief fundraising officer and independent consultant for numerous arts and educational institutions. Bonnie has extensive experience building development programs, planning and leading capital campaigns, and Board development.
Bonnie began her fundraising career at Columbia Law School and eventually became the director of major gifts during the School’s $125-million capital campaign. She worked with the University’s leadership in securing major support and increasing its major gift prospect pool.
Bonnie spent two decades in Western Massachusetts where she held the positions of senior director of development for Shakespeare &Company and director of development for Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and for Berkshire Country Day School.
At Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, she built the first professionally-organized development program focused on creating a major gifts program and increasing institutional support. Over her eight-year tenure, she completed a $12.5 million comprehensive campaign, enabling the organization to support capital improvements, debt retirement and growth of its endowment.
At Shakespeare & Company, Bonnie directed several campaigns, including a $4 million stabilization campaign, a $10 million campaign to build a new performing arts center and the launch of an endowment campaign. During Shakespeare & Company’s expansion years, she directed all aspects of the capital campaign, including planning, implementation and the opening of the new performing arts center.
Bonnie moved to Philadelphia in 2016 and became the director of development at the Walnut Street Theatre. In her role, she led the development department and planned their capital campaign. In one year at the Walnut, she secured numerous leadership gifts.
Bonnie was also an independent consultant and served as interim development director for the Geva Theatre in Rochester, NY and the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA. She received her bachelor’s degree from Towson State University and her M.P.A. from Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs.