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Posted: 1/29/2013 | Print Friendly Version



(ST. LOUIS): After an extensive search, the Missouri Botanical Garden has named Donna McGinnis as vice president of institutional advancement. McGinnis has more than 20 years experience as a leader in the nonprofit sector in St. Louis.

“Donna has strong roots in the St. Louis community and a good understanding of the Garden’s extensive programs,” said Peter Wyse Jackson, president of the Missouri Botanical Garden. “She brings a wealth of nonprofit experience to her new role and I look forward to working with her.”

McGinnis most recently served as the Managing Director of Institutional Advancement at the Missouri History Museum where she provided leadership for the institution’s capital campaign. She has served as a program coordinator and adjunct faculty member at Washington University in St. Louis since 2006. In that role McGinnis is charged with curriculum development and faculty recruitment for the school’s Nonprofit Management graduate program. She was awarded the 2001 Dean’s Faculty Award for her work.

Prior to her work at the Missouri History Museum and Washington University in St. Louis, McGinnis worked as a consultant with The Rome Group. She provided counsel and strategic planning for capital campaigns and annual fund development to more than 60 nonprofit organizations. She previously served as Executive Director of the Miriam Foundation and in development positions for Dance St. Louis and the Opera Theatre of St. Louis.

 McGinnis is a graduate of Leadership St. Louis and the CORO Women in Leadership Program. She has served as a lecturer, presenter and grant reviewer for a number of universities and nonprofit groups throughout the United States. McGinnis holds a master’s degree in business administration and a bachelor’s degree in communication. She is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) and was named the 2008 Outstanding Fundraising Professional by the Association of Fundraising Professionals-St. Louis Regional Chapter. 

“It is an honor to join an organization I have always loved,” said McGinnis. “I look forward to helping the Missouri Botanical Garden continue its success in the future.” 

McGinnis begins her role at the Garden on March 4. For general information about the Missouri Botanical Garden, visit


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The Missouri Botanical Garden’s mission is “to discover and share knowledge about plants and their environment in order to preserve and enrich life.” Today, 154 years after opening, the Missouri Botanical Garden is a National Historic Landmark and a center for science, conservation, education and horticultural display.