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Garden hires development director

Mark Hunter
Mark Hunter

Mark Hunter has been hired as the development director for The Oregon Garden Foundation. Hunter is responsible for shaping the  fund development program for The Oregon Garden, including endowment, capital, annual giving and major gift campaigns.

Hunter has held senior level positions with the Boys Scouts of America in Arizona and Washington; the United Way of Northern Arizona, and with the Arizona Community Foundation.

Throughout his nonprofit management career, Hunter has led efforts to improve communities, build summer camps and create strategic direction for the agencies for which he has worked.

“I strongly support and believe in the notion that we are in the business of creating memories and through those memories, we are able to teach and provide experiences that will shape the future for our communities, families and especially kids,” Hunter said. He said he relocated to Oregon to be closer to family, discovering Silverton via the Internet. His lifelong love of the outdoors was a strong attraction to the position as development director.

“I have always been in awe of The Oregon Garden, but never thought I’d have the opportunity to be a part of its many impressive projects and programs.”

Hunter’s priorities include strengthening the foundation’s capacity to fund future garden initiatives; improving the foundation’s endowment program; and addressing financial needs of facilities and projects at the garden.

Hunter is a native of Arizona and graduate of Arizona State University with an emphasis in nonprofit management. He has served on a number of nonprofit boards and in his spare time loves to spend time with his family.

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