New Development Office Executive At The Morton Arboretum
New Director Brings Strong Experience In Nonprofits
LISLE, IL (May 25, 2007) – The Morton Arboretum continues to enhance its Development office with the appointment of Monica Solomon as Director of Development Operations. Solomon, of Chicago, will oversee the administrative operations of Development in support of all fundraising activities, especially the effort to identify and qualify donor prospects. The addition of Solomon follows the appointment of Jill Koski as Vice President of Development, in March.
The Arboretum is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that relies upon donations for support. With the exception of occasional grants, the Arboretum does not receive public funds. As the Arboretum expands its service to the community, it requires expanded support.
“Monica will add valuable experience and skills as we seek philanthropic contributions from members, corporations, and others,” Koski said. “She is the consummate professional and a great addition to our staff.”
Most recently, Solomon was Director of Development Operations and Research at the John G. Shedd Aquarium, during a period when membership and donor revenues soared. She began working at the aquarium in 1998 as the Manager of Gift Processing. Also, she performed accounting services for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Solomon holds a bachelor’s degree in Professional Studies from Roosevelt University and a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix (Chicago campus).
Solomon began her tenure at the Arboretum on May 21.
The Morton Arboretum is an internationally recognized 1,700-acre outdoor museum with collections of 4,057 kinds of trees, shrubs, and other plants from around the world. The Arboretum's beautiful natural landscapes, gardens, research and education programs, and year-round family activities support its mission - the planting and conservation of trees and other plants for a greener, healthier, and more beautiful world. Conveniently located at I-88 and Rte. 53 in Lisle, Illinois, the Arboretum is open 7 days a week, 365 days a year, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. or sunset, whichever is earlier, Central Time. The Children's Garden is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (CDT) and 9:30 to 4 p.m. (CST). Visit www.mortonarb.org or call 630/968-0074 to learn more.
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