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."
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.
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.