JoLynne Jensen has 30 years of experience as a professional fundraiser. She has been directly responsible for fundraising campaigns that have raised over $132 million. She was awarded the 2009 Outstanding Fund Raising Executive by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Dallas Chapter.
JoLynne has served as Vice President of Development for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, where she was responsible for overseeing all fundraising including $10.4 million in annual fund raising, launching a $100 million Endowment Campaign, capital needs, special projects, planned giving, annual Gala, and DSO League programs. She raised $34 million in capital funds over five years, including a $10 million gift and a $2.5 million Challenge Grant, as Executive Director of the Advisory Board of Dallas' Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts.
As Director of Development and Endowment/Director VISION 2000 Campaign for the Dallas Symphony Association, she created an office of endowment and planned gifts that raised $55 million. Areas of responsibility included endowment, capital gifts, planned gifts and tribute gifts. Day to day activities included cultivating and educating prospective donors, soliciting prospective donors, publications, stewardship of gifts and donors, overseeing cultivation and appreciation events, maintaining relationships with donors, researching prospects, recruiting and managing volunteers, managing staff and interns, reporting to donors and overseeing proper accounting of gifts.