The Armory Art Center (Armory) has selected Natalie Parker as Director of Development, following an executive search process led by Arts Consulting Group (ACG). She began her tenure on August 19, 2019.
An adept development professional with a focus on nonprofit organizations and event management, Ms. Parker joins the Amory after nearly three years with Palm Beach Opera. As Individual Giving Manager, she led all fundraising initiatives for donors in the $500 to $10,000 range, identified new prospects through wealth screening, and secured 1,725 gifts totaling more than $1 million. After 10 months in this position, she was promoted to Individual and Planned Giving Manager, where she oversaw all planned giving initiatives—resulting in 107 percent growth in membership, 82 percent growth in expected revenue, and $190,000 in major gifts. Prior to her tenure with Palm Beach Opera, Ms. Parker managed the donor database, secured annual fund donations and event sponsorships, and coordinated donor events for the Education Foundation of Palm Beach County. She has also held the Events Specialist role for the Southeast Florida Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. In this capacity, she coordinated both logistics and collateral for five Walk to End Alzheimer’s events and secured $550,000 in both event donations and sponsorships. Ms. Parker has also served as Development & Marketing Associate, Outreach Program Coordinator, and as a member of the Ballet Faculty at Boca Ballet Theatre.
Ms. Parker holds a bachelor of science degree in dance from Butler University and a master’s degree in nonprofit management from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. She also earned a fundraising management certificate in planned giving from the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.
In making the announcement, the Armory Board President Ann Brown said, “We are very excited that Natalie will be joining our team. Having lived here her whole life, she already has a passion for the Armory and will be a great asset to us.”
“It is truly an honor to be selected as the Armory Art Center’s Director of Development,” said Ms. Parker. “As a lifelong member of the arts community in Palm Beach County, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to be a part of the continued and future success for such a wonderful organization.”
“ACG wishes Natalie Parker all the best as she begins her tenure as Director of Development for the Armory Art Center,” said ACG Senior Consultant Ellen Kulik. “I am confident that Ms. Parker’s fundraising and management skills along with her dedication to both the arts and Palm Beach County will be a driving force to bring the Armory into a new phase of philanthropic support and community engagement.”