When FS' parent company, North American Publishing Co., set out to launch this magazine in summer 2003, the launch team wanted to establish an editorial advisory board that would ensure it started out on the right foot and stayed that way. The board had to include people from all areas of fundraising who were entrenched enough to have a solid grasp of its history but still open enough to be able to see into its future and head there without fear.
The first name on the list of potential advisers was Lynn Edmonds, a longtime consultant who was as well-known for her award-winning efforts on behalf of her clients as she was for her passion, dedication and unabashed love of her craft.
Lynn jumped on board without hesitation and was a hands-on and much appreciated adviser for three years, willing to share her expertise and insights with this fledgling publication simply because she cares about the sector and wanted to support any efforts to help enrich it.
Lynn has developed innovative fundraising programs for scores of nonprofit organizations during the course of her 35-plus-year career. She joined L.W. Robbins Associates in 1999 as executive vice president and became president in 2001.
For more than three decades, Lynn and her teams have worked with organizations such as the American Cancer Society, Special Olympics, MAP International, The UN Refugee Agency, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the Coast Guard Foundation, American Diabetes Association, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Catholic Relief Services, Consumers Union, Covenant House, National Audubon Society, Native American Rights Fund, Washington National Cathedral and more than 40 regional food banks.
Lynn's direction on behalf of many of these clients has yielded several Direct Marketing Association ECHO Awards and scores of national and local awards.