Sharon, MA – The Trustees of Reservations today announced that William Bagley has joined its advancement team as senior philanthropic advisor, bringing 27 years of fundraising and development experience to the nation’s oldest regional land trust and nonprofit conservation organization. In his new position, Bill will be based at The Trustees’ North Shore Regional offices at Long Hill in Beverly where he will be responsible for overseeing advancement efforts in the Northeast, as well as strategic initiatives and projects statewide.
“Involving people with our mission – at all levels of philanthropic support – is critically important to protect the precious landscapes and landmarks that make our communities so unique,” says Kate Saunders, The Trustees Vice President for Advancement. “Bill’s exceptional gift planning experience, combined with his passion for conservation, will be an invaluable asset as we move forward with our strategic mission to engage more individuals and communities in conservation efforts.”
A Massachusetts native, Bill has enjoyed a distinguished career in fundraising and development for many prestigious educational and nonprofit institutions. Most recently, he served as director of development for the School of Health Sciences at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT, where he designed a new fundraising program oriented to a $60 million construction project. Before that, Bill served as director of institutional advancement at the Bancroft School in Worcester, where he redefined and expanded all giving programs. Other development experience includes positions as director of development at Green Farms Academy in Green Farms, CT; director of the Holy Cross Fund, College of the Holy Cross; associate director of corporate and foundation relations at Boston College; and the assistant director and director of development at the Peabody Museum of Natural History at Yale University.
Before his career in development, Bill served at the Massachusetts Department of Education as a policy specialist, and before that, was policy analyst for the Congressional Research Service at the Library of Congress. In addition, Bill served for five years as the director of the Lawrence School Development Project for the City of Lawrence to oversee the development of their urban school system – including its desegregation, the construction and financing of two new school buildings ($60 million), and securing government and private support.
An active cyclist, kayaker, squash player, and writer, Bill brings a wide range of professional and personal experience to his new role at The Trustees. Bill received his A.B. from Holy Cross, his J.D. from Suffolk University, his Ed.M. from Harvard, and was a research fellow at Yale Divinity School.
Bill will be living on the North Shore with his wife Mary. About The Trustees’ Mission & Strategic Plan
Since its founding in 1891 by Charles Eliot, an open space visionary and protégé of the famous landscape architect Frederick Law Olmstead, The Trustees’ mission has been to preserve, protect, and care for properties of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value in Massachusetts. While The Trustees’ mission remains the same, the way the organization plans to accomplish it has changed as the world has changed.
As land is being developed and open space fragmented at a rapid pace around the state, The Trustees are working to mobilize and inspire a critical mass of people and partners who care about quality of life in their communities and will work to protect them. The Trustees are undertaking an ambitious education and outreach effort to help more people understand how everyone can be “a Trustee” of the planet and make a lasting impact.
“By 2017, we hope to double our members and volunteers to help make this vision a reality,” says Andrew Kendall, President of The Trustees. “Imagine what a difference it would make if every town was able to protect a special park, farm, or plot of land from being developed or save a historic homestead or building. Through our work and outreach, we hope to open even more people’s eyes to what they can do, starting in their own communities.” About The Trustees of Reservations
The Trustees are more than 100,000 people like you, from every corner of Massachusetts, who share a deep set of similar values: a love of the land, of the outdoors, and of the distinctive charms of New England, as well as a shared vision of celebrating and protecting them for everyone, forever.
With 96 reservations, comprising nearly 25,000 acres – all of which are open to the public – The Trustees of Reservations’ properties are tremendously diverse and include: mountains and hilltops; forests and woodlands; river valleys and waterfalls; islands, 70 miles of coastline, barrier beaches; marshes, bogs, swamps; open fields and meadows; farms, historic homesteads, and, through our recent permanent affiliation with Boston Natural Areas Network, community gardens and Urban Wilds throughout the city of Boston.
The Trustees employ 180 full-time and 350–400 seasonal staff with expertise in many areas, including ecology, education, historic resources, land protection, conservation, land management, and planning. To find out how you can interview Trustees’ experts on important topics and issues, volunteer or become a member, please call The Trustees of Reservations at 781.784.0567, visit at www.thetrustees.org
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