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Donna Whitehouse, Director of Development

Donna Whitehouse joined Opera on the James as the Director of Development in July, 2015.  She provides leadership, coordination and program development for all fundraising activities, relationship management, organizational development, and has the joy of introducing new patrons to the wonderful world of opera.  With over fifteen years of experience in the academic and nonprofit sector, she is a seasoned development professional with expertise in advancement services, donor relations, data operations and prospect management. Prior to joining Opera on the James, she was the Director of Donor Relations and Prospect Management for Sweet Briar College.  Previously, she served Lynchburg College as Director of Development and Operations and Presbyterian Homes and Family Services as the Prospect Research and Database Manager.

Ms. Whitehouse has a B.S. in Mathematics from Lynchburg College.  She has been an active volunteer in a number of professional fund raising organizations.  She served as the immediate past treasurer and as a board member for the Association of Professional Researchers in Advancement (APRA) in Virginia, and has been active in the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), the Association of Advancement Service Professionals (ASSP) and the Association of Donor Relations Professionals (ADRP).