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Mark Saville

Fort Worth Opera Association
Director of Development

Mark Saville currently serves as the Director of Development for the Fort Worth Opera, previously holding the positions of Senior Development Consultant and Director of Development for Arizona Opera.

During his tenure at Arizona Opera, Saville successfully doubled the organization’s donor base in his first year, implemented the company’s first formal and comprehensive development plan in eight years, and instituted best practices for the organization.

Most notably, he was the architect of two flourishing ‘Million Dollar May’ campaigns and one fiscal year end $500k campaign, each auxiliary to annual fund fundraising. Two of these campaigns gained particular notoriety by garnering 50 states of support through the utilization of social media as a driving tool. Saville was also responsible for the analytics and design of the Raising Our Voice Capital Campaign that ultimately saw the creation of the Arizona Opera Center in downtown Phoenix.

As Director of Development, he also played a key role in the creation and implementation of Arizona BOLD, a critically-acclaimed, community-based artistic initiative designed promote cultural diversity through artful and reflective programming. By cultivating strategic partnerships within the community, Mark played an integral part in the institution’s 2013 resurgence to its position of prominence today.

Arriving in Fort Worth on the cusp of the 2016 opera Festival, Saville successfully solicited a $500,000 gift match opportunity within his first three months, which was then turned into a $1 million dollar gift match campaign. Over the next three months, the campaign would not only exceed its stated fiscal goal, but also successfully doubled the organizations donor base in just 90 days. This media driven campaign placed the opera company on the front pages of prominent local periodicals, and garnered national attention.

Mark holds a double BA in International Relations and Middle Eastern Studies with a minor in Arabic Language from the University of Arizona, he currently sits as the co-chair of development for Opera America.

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Saturday, May 6