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Membership Looks For A New Leader as Michael Wainwright Departs

Michael Wainwright has supported many of the American Prairie Reserve's fundraising efforts over the last 6 years, including grant writing, planned giving, and annual fund development. This year, he has also been instrumental in launching the new Membership program as part of the Land of Legacy campaign. 

Michael is spreading his wings to tackle a new fundraising role this fall, so we asked him to share his thoughts about his time at the Reserve and what's ahead for the next Membership Manager. In reflecting on Michael's work, Managing Director Pete Geddes had this to add:

"Michael's tenure here has been filled with exciting progress and the Reserve's growing national reputation. He's successfully grown our fundraising efforts to match the organization's momentum, engaging donors from all walks of life and all 50 states. It's also been a joy to watch Michael's professional development, including his leadership in the launch of our membership program, and we'll be cheering him on in his new role." 

Looking back at your time at American Prairie Reserve, what is one of the accomplishments that you are most proud of?
Michael: During my six years at APR, the accomplishment I am most proud of is helping launch our new membership program. I think it’s great to see increasing numbers of people coming together to build their park and serve as ambassadors for this amazing project.
Looking ahead, what is a milestone that you look forward to seeing the Reserve achieve? 
Michael: Over the new few years, I believe the Reserve will continue to grow dramatically through new land purchases. I am most excited about seeing new opportunities for public enjoyment, such as the Hut-to-Hut System and National Visitor Center.
What have you enjoyed most during your work here?
Michael: I am incredibly proud to have served more than 6 years alongside such a talented and driven staff, and believe American Prairie Reserve is on the verge of its most exciting years yet. In the coming years, I plan to make regular visits to camp on the Reserve, and look forward to the day when I can show my kids or grandkids this great project and tell them I played a role in creating it!
What has been challenging for your work for the Reserve?
Michael: American Prairie Reserve is an innovative, idea-driven organization, and at times it can be challenging to balance many competing priorities. Limiting my focus to the highest-leverage activities, and recognizing which ideas are mission critical and which can wait has been a key to success working at the Reserve. 
What's next for you?
Michael: I’m proud to be moving into a new position as Development Director for Montana Shakespeare in the Parks, where I’ll help raise funds to provide high-quality theater and educational programs throughout the state. I love the performing arts, so for me, this is a very exciting opportunity.

Learn more about the Membership Manager position,
which is now open to applications.