New Director For Popular Everglades Program

BOCA RATON, FL ( — The Arthur R. Marshall foundation — which provides Everglades programs to children throughout Palm Beach County — is welcoming a new director.

According to a media advisory:

Nancy Marshall, President of the Arthur R. Marshall Foundation for the Everglades, which champions the restoration and preservation of the greater ecosystem of Florida’s historic River of Grass, today announced that Ann Paton has joined the nonprofit organization as Director of Development.

“Ann Paton comes to the Marshall Foundation as a seasoned fundraiser and administrator with substantial experience in creating and sustaining strong community relationships that generate committed stakeholders,” said Ms. Marshall. “In fact, her career as a successful fundraiser includes serving as Vice President of Advancement at Barry University for six years, 2005-2011.”

Ms. Paton actually brings to the Marshall Foundation a 20+ year background in higher education fundraising. She began in the early 1990s by managing annual fund and alumni relations programs for Dartmouth Medical School, and then moved to Brown University School of Medicine to run a successful $70-million capital campaign.

In 2004, Frank Brogan, then president of Florida Atlantic University, hired Paton as Vice President for Institutional Advancement. According to Brogan, who is currently Chancellor of the State University of Florida, “Ann Paton and the Marshall Foundation is an excellent match. Her wealth of fundraising experience and knowledge of South Florida’s extended community will help the Foundation expand its visibility and garner new financial support to grow their Everglades education, restoration, and protection programs.”

In her new position, Ms. Paton is responsible for all of the Marshall Foundation’s fundraising efforts, such as securing gifts from individuals, corporations, foundations, and other private funding sources, as well as long-term development campaigns and various special events, including the annual River of Grass Gala.

The Marshall Foundation’s new Director of Development position is funded by a recent grant from The AWC Family Foundation in Nashville, TN. “We are pleased that the Arthur R. Marshall Foundation for the Everglades has hired a seasoned development leader who will raise the level of funding needed not only to enhance the core mission, but also to help it achieve long-term sustainability,” said Steve Rasmussen, Executive Director of The AWC Family Foundation.

“Formerly known as Messengers of the Healing Wind, The AWC Family Foundation has generously helped the Marshall Foundation numerous times over the last few years, including our first tree planting, the hiring of an Executive Director, the move to our new headquarters in Lake Worth, and now the hiring of a much needed Development Director. We are truly grateful to them for their ongoing support,” added Nancy Marshall.

About the Arthur R. Marshall Foundation for the Everglades:

Based in Palm Beach County, the Marshall Foundation champions the restoration and preservation of the greater Everglades ecosystem through science-based education and outreach programs. Annually, more than 25,000 elementary and high school students in Palm
Beach County actively participate in the Marshall Foundation’s various education programs.

Founded in 1998, the nonprofit organization has in recent years awarded more than $450,000 in scholarships and internships, planted nearly 100,000 native Florida trees in wetland areas, and involved more than 5,000 volunteers in hands-on restoration projects.


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