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Museum of the Rockies creates new position, hires Wyckoff as director of philanthropy

July 24, 2014 -- MSU News Service

Linda Wyckoff has been named director of philanthropy at MSU's Museum of the Rockies. (MSU photo by Kelly Gorham).    High-Res Available

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BOZEMAN –Linda Wyckoff, director and development coordinator at the Human Resource Development Council in Bozeman,  has been named director of philanthropy at Montana State University’s Museum of the Rockies. It is a newly created position. 

“The museum offers a great opportunity to work with an invaluable part of the local community and to use my experience as a long-time fundraiser – both in Bozeman and at Montana State University – to build membership, bring new and exciting exhibits to the museum, and explore ways to build on our legacy,” said Wyckoff, who was hired in a national search.  “I would love to see this wonderful institution become an even larger, more visible part of life here in the northern Rocky Mountains.”

Wyckoff brings more than 25 years experience as a development professional to the Museum of the Rockies. She has led and managed fundraising efforts for nonprofits, and for MSU’s College of Engineering, where she authored many successful fundraising proposals, and developed the strategic vision, cultivation and solicitation for gifts at the multimillion dollar level. Most recently, she created a new development program to support the human services initiatives at HRDC. 

“The skills and experience that Linda Wyckoff brings to the Museum of the Rockies will allow us to broaden the scope of our fundraising effort by adding planned giving, endowment growth, major gifts and governmental grant writing to our highly successful benefit events and membership, giving us a really well-rounded development program,” said Sheldon McKamey, executive director of the Museum of the Rockies.

The new position has broadened responsibilities to accommodate and support the rapid growth the museum has experienced over the past five years, McKamey said. She added that, with expanded sister-museum relationships and ongoing traveling exhibits scheduled throughout the Asia/Pacific region, dramatic growth in membership and attendance, and the planned Peck’s Rex addition to the museum’s dinosaur hall, the need to raise awareness of opportunities for philanthropy is vital for the museum to further its mission of outreach within the state, region and internationally.  Wyckoff will be responsible for expanding the museum’s development efforts to maximize its mission-directed growth and continue its recent momentum.

“Philanthropy will play an even larger role in the future to ensure MOR continues to fulfill its mission of outreach, touching more and more adults, children and families throughout Montana in educational and inspiring ways,” McKamey said. 

 

Evelyn Boswell, (406) 994-5135 or evelynb@montana.edu