MARY SOLOMONS

Executive Director of Development at Albany
College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

mary@donorrelationsguru.com

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

  • Communications and Solicitations

  • Event Planning

  • Strategic Planning

  • Top Donor Strategies

  • Donor Engagement

  • Impact Reporting

  • Campaign Planning

Mary Solomons has been in the advancement field for more than 30 years, initially in the alumnae office of her alma mater, Wellesley College. For the past 23 years she has been at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York, first as director of alumni affairs, and since 2000, overseeing the Office of Donor Relations. Skidmore College’s tagline is Creative Thought Matters and this mindset pervades every part of the College’s donor relations. In 2014 Mary added “gift officer” to her resume, demonstrating a knack for identifying and cultivating major gift prospects. 

 

As of December 2018, Mary assumed the position of Executive Director of Development at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences where she’ll be an integral part of their upcoming Capital Campaign. From interactive events to personalized donor outreach, Mary is known for instilling an inventive and innovative twist to the task at hand.

Mary is a sought-after conference speaker who is active with CASE, serving on the faculty of the 2007, 2009, 2014, and 2015 Donor Relations Conferences as well as a speaker at the summer Institute for Advancement Services in July 2011. She served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Donor Relations Professionals (ADRP) from 2008-13, presented at numerous ADRP conferences from 2002 until the present, and was the seventh recipient of the organization’s volunteer service award in 2012.  At Academic Impressions she’s taught advancement writing and how to build a family philanthropy program.

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