Lyn Watner is creative and innovative with a can-do attitude! With over 25 years of experience developing capital and annual fund campaigns, developing ground breaking case statements, she has generated over $75million dollars throughout her career. Her ability to retain investors by creating an innovative stewardship plan for every investor has become one of her signature achievements. Her mastery of making “the ask” has given her the opportunity to engage an impressive number of major and principle investors during her tenure as a fund raising professional.
Lyn has succeeded at prestigious organizations such as Johns Hopkins Krieger School of Arts & Sciences, LifeBridge Health Systems, and The International Center for Research on Women as well The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and Sister to Sister, a nonprofit that promotes women’s heart health. Her ability to create innovative strategic plans, training boards and staff as well as generating an inspired case statement that communicates the real story of their organization, has given her clients the opportunity to surpass their fund raising objectives. Her motivation is to inspire development representatives to do the equivalent creativity for their organizations.
It is interesting to note that Lyn started her professional career as the only woman sports agent in Major League Baseball from 1976-1986. Her forte was contract negotiations with the General Manager’s in the Latin American Winter Leagues (she speaks fluent Spanish) as well creating promotional opportunities for the players. Her second career was as Vice President of New Business for an ad agency raising over $16million dollars of new business. Being a long time Baltimore resident, she volunteered her time to work with nonprofits in her community.
What colleagues know
Director of Philanthropic Advancement
(formerly at the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington)
Lyn’s fundraising expertise and professionalism are two key qualities that I relied on to successfully accomplish a more than $20 million annual campaign. Her listening skills are stellar. She was critical in moving donors from general operational support to “thinking big” positioning our organization to secure additional philanthropic investment to accelerate fundraising growth.
Lyn is a capacity-builder. She understands how to meet people where they are – from experienced to novice – guiding them in a way that empowers greater involvement and charitable investment. Whether its growing an existing campaign or establishing a fresh approach, Lyn has the creativity to create and seize opportunities that produce results!
I truly value her lead by example approach. Whether working with volunteers or staff, she nurtures while advancing the end goal – fundraising success!
Her patience and candor are critical in helping manage expectations to succeed.
Mark I. Kalish,
Kalish & Associates, Inc.
Lyn Watner is an accomplished fundraiser. She is effective in every aspect of putting together a fundraising campaign—strategy, cultivating major gift prospects and helping key leaders with solicitations. I have known Lyn for nearly 20 years and she excels working with boards, as she does with donors and staff. A consummate professional.
Henry M. Rosenbaum
Senior Philanthropic Officer
Jewish Federation of Greater Washington
Lyn Watner and I worked together closely as professional colleagues on the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington’s Philanthropic Leadership (Major Gifts) team for almost 2 years.
She is the consummate professional, having a sophisticated understanding of the fund raising process from start to finish. She posses a skill set that enables her to craft a campaign strategy, identify and cultivate potential donors, raise funds at the major gifts level and steward donors throughout the fundraising process. Most importantly, Lyn knows how to close the transaction while at the same time making the donor feel positive about giving to a worthy cause.
A team player, Lyn is most adept at working with volunteers, boards and professional colleagues to achieve maximum fundraising results. She is a skilled mentor and trainer, using her communication skills and professional experience to expand and strengthen the fundraising team.
Amy Gillenson CPCC
Philanthropic Coach & Consultant
Early in my career as a development professional, I was fortunate to have Lyn Watner as a supervisor and mentor. I learned a great deal from her about major gift fundraising and over the years, have also watched Lyn grow and evolve into a talented development executive who understands and can manage all components of an advancement operation. She is highly strategic and truly synthesizes both the art and science of fundraising to plan, execute and achieve—or exceed—goals.
Lyn is that rare fundraiser who not only has the ability to cultivate relationships with donors; she is an outstanding administrator and manager. Lyn knows how to raise money on the “front line,” and also understands what it takes to run an effective development “shop” and campaign. She is an exceptional manager and mentor who elicits the best from staff, promotes their professional development and growth, and understands the dynamics of building a team. As a consultant, Lyn brings a wealth of experience and track record of success to the table; she is a results-driven and creative fundraiser with unquestionable ethics and integrity.