Lucinda Mercer has been a development professional most of her adult life. After receiving an AB in Music from Stanford University and an MBA with a concentration in Arts Management from SUNY-Binghamton, Lucinda began her professional career with ICAP, a small, nonprofit film distributor in New York. From there she went to the Metropolitan Opera, and then to Stanford University where, from 1985-1992, she was one of five staff members in the New York office tasked with raising money from Stanford alumni located from Maine to Florida for the university’s Centennial Campaign.
Following a hiatus of five years, Lucinda became the first development officer for the Summit Area YMCA in 1997. During her almost 15 years with the Y, she designed and built the annual fund program and trained teams of staff and volunteers who annually raised $500,000, up from $90,000. In addition, she increased the Y’s grant income from less than $10,000 to over $100,000 annually, working with program staff to ensure programs were well run and impactful. In addition, the Y embarked on a $5 million endowment development campaign. During the course of the campaign Lucinda successfully solicited funds ranging in size from $10,000 to $250,000 and was integral in developing the case for support, marketing materials, and volunteer training.
Upon leaving the Summit Area YMCA in August 2011, Lucinda started a general consulting practice working largely with community and youth serving organizations. Her specialties including coaching and training, grant writing, annual campaign planning and execution, major gifts, and development operations.
Lucinda has been a volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) in Essex County for over four years, advocating for a family of foster children in court, in school and in the home. She is a Certified Fund Raising Professional (CFRE). Lucinda resides in Millburn with her husband and one cat. She enjoys travel and seeing her children when they come home for a visit.