Jenny Thompson is a nonprofit fundraising professional with over a decade of diverse experience in the cultural sector. She joined Gibney in 2018 to spearhead its fundraising efforts, later transitioning into an organizational revenue strategies oversight role before stepping into her current position. As Senior Director of Advancement, Jenny is focused on overseeing an integrated resource development and communications strategy with the support of the Development, Rentals, Marketing and Digital Media teams to advance new supporters and rental client relationships all while maintaining existing relationships, communicating Gibney’s impact to a range of external constituents, and fundraising and earning revenue that is critical to fulfill Gibney’s mission.
Prior, Jenny served as Director of Campaign & Major Gifts for Madison Square Boys & Girls Club’s $90M dollar capital/endowment campaign. Her career began at RIOULT Dance New York, where she rose the ranks from Operations & Special Events Manager, to Manager of Institutional Giving, and ultimately Director of Development. She then joined management and consulting firm, DUNCH: Cultural Leadership for a Creative World, working under the mentorship of President Emma Dunch on a range of fundraising, campaign management, and strategic planning projects. Clients included Dorrance Dance, Gallim Dance, Huntington Theatre Company, Madison Square Park Conservancy, Manhattan Theatre Club, Mark Morris Dance Group, The New Group, On Site Opera, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Primary Stages, The School for Strings, Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, UrbanGlass, and The Watermill Center.
Since 2008, Jenny has contributed to multiple performance publications including The Dance Enthusiast, Eye on Dance and the Arts, Examiner.com, and Dance Spirit magazine, among others. In 2016, she collaborated with a team of scholars in the field of arts entrepreneurship to develop a course/web-based resource launched by DePauw University’s 21st Century Musician Initiative. Jenny was a longtime volunteer teacher and former Young Professionals Committee member at Groove With Me, a free dance center for girls in East Harlem, and joined its Board of Directors in November 2020 to further support its mission. She also remains a frequent guest speaker for Pentacle’s Cultivating Leadership in Dance program.
Jenny earned her M.A. in Arts Administration through the University of Kentucky’s online graduate program while working full-time in the field. She also holds a B.A. in Dance Studies, Choreography, and Writing about Performance from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study.