Indiana University, Bloomington, B.A.
Rebecca Girvin-Argon joined Marts & Lundy as a senior consultant in March 2013, after beginning her career in consulting as an affiliate of the firm in 2012. She brings 32 years of experience in development as a successful executive, mentor and practitioner. Her experience includes nearly 12 years in top posts in conservation organizations, an equal number in cultural institutions and the arts, and seven years of early grounding in higher education advancement.
Prior to consulting, Rebecca was Senior Vice President for Development at World Wildlife Fund –US, where she renewed the fundraising program by launching pre-campaign planning, building new volunteer committees and recruiting a senior leadership team that raised $90 million in its first full year. Prior to World Wildlife Fund, she served The Nature Conservancy from 2001-2011, first as head of Philanthropy in Illinois and later as the global organization’s Director of Major and Principal Gifts and Chief Philanthropy Officer.
At The Nature Conservancy (TNC), Rebecca helped to secure critical funding for one of the largest wetland restoration projects in the United States and was a staff leader for three fundraising campaigns ranging in size from $35 million to $1 billion. She was selected for an Asia Pacific Fellowship in Indonesia in 2006 and spent most of a summer traveling throughout the country, training TNC colleagues and volunteers in fundraising and working with them to conceive a comprehensive development plan. She was a member of the organization’s Philanthropy Cabinet and helped TNC to reach an annual record for international fundraising in 2011, when the organization raised $100 million for worldwide conservation.
Earlier in her career, Rebecca served as Vice President for External Affairs at the Chicago Botanic Garden, Executive Director of the Museum Center Foundation at Cincinnati Union Terminal and Director of Annual Programs at The Art Institute of Chicago. She specializes in the development of comprehensive fundraising programs in large, complex, membership organizations and takes deep interest in the missions of the organizations she serves. Her diverse background in nature and the arts has led to her enjoyment of natural history, contemporary art, the botanical world, birding and scuba diving.
Rebecca is a member of the Chicago and National Capital Chapters of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the American Alliance of Museums and the American Public Gardens Association. She is a former Director of the AFP Chicago Chapter and the Development and Membership Committee of the American Association of Museums.
Partial List of Clients Served
Global Oceans, Chicago, IL
Women Employed, Chicago, IL
Best Friends Animal Society, UT
Police Foundation, Washington, D.C.
Interfaith Power and Light