Yaddo Appoints Director of Development
Saratoga Springs, NY (January 6, 2010)
– Yaddo is pleased to announce the appointment of Steve Dennin as Director of Development.
Dennin, who joins the Yaddo staff today, will be based in New York City but will regularly spend time at Yaddo in Saratoga Springs. He will be responsible for a comprehensive and strategic expansion of the fundraising program and related public relations initiatives designed to raise Yaddo's public profile, to create opportunities to broaden Yaddo's donor base, and to further engage former resident artists of Yaddo. Dennin's appointment follows a nationwide search, conducted by Freeman Philanthropic Services, LLC, to identify a demonstrated leader in the development field to build Yaddo's organizational capacity.
"Steve has a wonderful track record of successful fundraising for a range of organizations – from "brand" names to more entrepreneurial groups – and I am delighted to welcome him to Yaddo," said Yaddo President Elaina Richardson. "He is an experienced and creative fundraising leader with demonstrated success in increasing philanthropic revenue from individuals, foundations, and corporations."
Most recently, Dennin was Vice Present for Development at The Big Apple Circus, a not-for-profit performing arts organization. Previous positions include Director of The Nature Conservancy's New York City office; Director of Development at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the New York Shakespeare Festival, and the Film Society of Lincoln Center; and Executive Director and Business Manager for the Twyla Tharp Dance Foundation, Inc.
Peter Gould, Chairman of Yaddo's Board of Directors, said: "With Steve's extensive fundraising background in the not-for-profit sector, coupled with a love of the arts, Yaddo is delighted to have him on our executive team, and I look forward to his contributions in this area so important to our future and the continued fulfillment of Yaddo's critical mission in support of the creative process."
Dennin holds a B.A. in English from Columbia College at Columbia University, and has served as a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts and as a guest lecturer at Columbia University School of the Arts and the Performing Arts Management Institute. He has been previously affiliated with the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Independent Sector, and the National Campaign for Freedom of Expression. He and his wife, Anne, and son James live in Manhattan.
"It's both a thrill and honor to be joining the Yaddo community, and become a part of such an extraordinary and unique place in contemporary culture," Dennin said. "I am grateful for this opportunity to build on a lifetime of experience I've had championing individual artists, from the choreographer Twyla Tharp, early in my career, to writers, painters, filmmakers and performers, in settings ranging from the Shakespeare Festival, to the Whitney and the Big Apple Circus. Having been born and raised in Lake Placid, I am also pleased that my work with Yaddo will be bringing me back to upstate New York and the Adirondacks, a place that I have known and loved all of my life."
To reach Dennin directly, contact him at the Yaddo office in New York City, 20 West 44th Street, Suite 408, New York, NY 10036, or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. The telephone number of the New York City office is 212.307.7685 and the fax number is 212.307.5732.