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Skidmore College
Donor Relations

Donor Relations Staff

Beth Brucker-Kane
, associate director, oversees the reporting of almost 600 endowed fund reports and provides priority stewardship for selected donors. Endowed Fund income is more than $16 million per year and provides 11.7% of Skidmore's annual operating budget. Beth staffs the Palamountain Benefit Corporate Committee and coordinates the annual Celebration of Skidmore College Scholars and Donors. She coordinates the Thoroughbred Cup golf tournament, held annually to raise support for the Friends of Skidmore Athletics program. Beth has piloted a social media stewardship program and she serves as staff liaison to the Alumni Memorial Garden committee.


Barb Casey, associate director, stewards named-space, endowed-chair, and million-dollar donors, as well as stewarding selected priority stewardship donors. Barb also oversees the donor wall in the Murray-Aikins Dining Hall, dedications, the Great Books program and memorial gift acknowledgements. She coordinates the Palamountain Benefit, held each summer to benefit scholarships at Skidmore College.


Lauren Schlipmann, administrative assistant, is responsible for Presidents Society acknowledgements, memorial gift recognition, assists in the coordination of summer events for major donors, design and creation of stewardship reports and printed materials, and provides support as needed for all other Donor Relations activities.


Mary Solomons, executive director, provides overall direction for the Office of Donor Relations and is responsible for the ongoing stewardship and cultivation of leadership gift donors to Skidmore College, specifically developing long-term strategies and programs that appropriately recognize and thank donors for their support. Responsibilities include event planning for the Creating our Future campaign and Friends of the Presidents–level donors, drafting of gift agreements, and she is the liaison to the Office of the President for development functions. A well-known speaker on the topic of donor relations, Mary is a frequent presenter for the Association of Donor Relations Professionals, the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, and Academic Impressions.