Building deep personal relationships with donors who have so generously committed themselves to an organization is the essence of Major Gift Fundraising. For me, there is nothing more satisfying than matching an individual with a giving opportunity that will truly provide them with a lasting and uplifting experience. Professional fundraising has taken me on a unique, satisfying, and unpredictable journey. As a second career, I highly recommend the business of philanthropy for its diversity, personal fulfillment, and universal necessity.
Lynn Drucker is an adjunct professor in Columbia University’s M.S. program for Nonprofit Management, where she currently teaches Major Gifts.
After a 20-year career as a vice president in a commercial insurance giant (handling marine, malpractice, and professional liability cases), Drucker made a strategic transition to the philanthropy field, using her inside knowledge of corporate culture to enhance her effectiveness. Her successful reinvention as a philanthropy expert enables her to be a valuable mentor not only to young students but also to older adults, who are seeking a second career. Praised by students for her “passion, wit, and ferocity,” Drucker currently serves as Assistant Vice President of Development at Winthrop-University Hospital, spearheading Annual and Major Gifts. She oversees the hospital’s multi-layered fundraising operations and plays a pivotal role in its A Gateway to New Discoveries campaign, designed to raise millions of dollars for its new Research and Academic Center.
Prior to joining Winthrop, Drucker served as Senior Vice President of Development and External Relations at Abilities! (Now Known as the Henry Viscardi Center), which includes the highly acclaimed Henry Viscardi School. There she raised approximately one million dollars through the Suite Dreams campaign in order to create a state-of-the-art medical center for children with severe physical disabilities. She also initiated the organization’s first “Walk and Roll-a-thon,” gathering individuals with disabilities, families, friends, and community leaders to participate in a day of fundraising and celebration. In 2009, The New York State Department of Education appointed her to the New York State Board of Regents’ Council on Independent Living, in recognition of her expertise in philanthropy and her commitment to disabilities services.
Drucker previously served as the Director of Development at the Long Island Fund for Women & Girls as well as a Development Officer for the New York University College of Nursing. A crucial building block of her career was as a Senior Philanthropic Consultant with Levy Philanthropy Counsel, LLC, where she provided management, coordination, training, and support for the Hospice Care Network’s capital campaign. She also guided the implementation of a Development Department at Jefferson’s Ferry Lifecare Community.
Drucker holds a Bachelor of Science from York College of Pennsylvania and a certification in Professional Studies in Fundraising from New York University (2004). She sits on the Board of the Long Island Association of Fundraising Professionals.