Civic Center Conservancy
1410 Grant Street, Suite A301
Denver, Colorado 80203

Conservancy Announces New Director of Development & Membership

(DENVER) - August 27, 2009 - The Civic Center Conservancy - a nonprofit organization committed to helping the City and County of Denver restore, enhance and activate its historic Civic Center park - announced that prominent philanthropic fundraiser Mary Spillane will join the organization as its first-ever Director of Development and Membership, starting September 1, 2009.

“In its first five years, the Civic Center Conservancy has pushed Civic Center park to the forefront of the civic agenda and launched initial programming to help activate the park and engage the community in its future,” said Chris Frampton, the Conservancy’s board president. “Adding Mary to our team represents a tremendous opportunity to continue taking the Conservancy – and our efforts to support and enhance Civic Center – to new heights. We are incredibly excited about the expertise, enthusiasm and energy she will bring.”

The Conservancy's efforts focus around the following four areas: events and programming to activate Civic Center park; public awareness and engagement; advocacy for park needs and design/infrastructure enhancements; and fundraising for capital improvements, activities and initiatives that support the park.


“Strong fundraising and membership programs are critical to the Conservancy’s ability to restore, enhance and activate Civic Center park,” said Lindy Eichenbaum Lent, the Conservancy’s executive director since March 2009. “We are delighted to have someone of Mary’s caliber help us expand our funding base, create an exciting membership program, and eventually launch a capital campaign for park improvements identified in the 2005 Civic Center Master Plan and 2009 Civic Center Design Guidelines.”

“I am delighted to be joining the efforts to revitalize Civic Center Park; this feels like an opportunity to play a part in giving a special gift back to the people of our city,” said Spillane. “There is so much exciting potential to enhance the role the park can play in our community and help make Denver an even more wonderful place to live and work.”

Spillane joins the Civic Center Conservancy with an extensive background in fundraising and nonprofit operations. For the past three years, Spillane has served as Vice President of Development for the Denver Public Schools Foundation, leading fundraising strategies to support the organization’s $10 million annual budget. She previously served as the Director of Corporate Support for the Colorado Symphony Orchestra.


A Colorado native, Spillane’s previous professional endeavors included serving as Director of Communications and Public Education for Northern California-based international nonprofit Interplast, which provides free reconstructive surgery for impoverished children in developing countries; serving as a business analyst for Deloitte & Touche Management Consulting in Atlanta; and three years as a high school German teacher in Georgia. She received her bachelor’s degree in German/secondary education from Miami University of Ohio and her MBA, with concentrations in nonprofit management and marketing, from Boston University.


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About the Civic Center Conservancy

Formed in 2004, the Civic Center Conservancy is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to helping the City and County of Denver restore, revitalize and enhance Civic Center Park. For more information, please contact 303-861-4633, or visit