Tamar Podell

Tamar Podell

Senior Advisor, Development

As a seasoned fundraiser, Tamar launched a fundraising consulting practice effective July 2020. Based on years of fundraising success, Tamar offers expertise and counsel to a variety of nonprofit organizations. In her role as Senior Advisor for Development at Project Healthy Minds, Tamar provides strategic counsel regarding all development priorities -- including overall strategy, individual giving, corporate partnerships, foundation relations, special events, development communications, and planned giving. Tamar serves as a thought partner and advisor to both the CEO and the development team. Her other clients have included Lincoln Center, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Central Park Conservancy, New York Botanical Garden, ABT, Los Angeles Music Center, The Kaufman Music Center, Lincoln Center Theatre, Early Starters International, The Garden Conservancy, Jacques Pepin Foundation, Symphony Space, and the National Black Theatre.

Prior to launching her own firm, Tamar led Lincoln Center’s fundraising staff for 19 years.  She was responsible for managing all annual fundraising for the institution, coordinating the capital campaign, and managing government relations. This included overseeing a staff of 42 specialized in Institutional Giving, Planned Giving, Major and Individual Gifts, Special Events, Patron Services, Membership, Corporate Partnerships, and management of Lincoln Center’s Consolidated Corporate Fund.  On an annual basis, over $50 million was raised in contributed income for the leading performing arts complex. Tamar worked closely with the Lincoln Center Board of Directors on all strategy and engagement. She also staffed the Development Committee and Nominating & Governance Committee of the Board of Directors. 

Tamar has a broad range of experience managing multi-million dollar annual and capital campaigns. While at Lincoln Center she was an integral part of the $1.2 billion Bravo Campaign to transform the 16-acre campus, as well as the $550 million Geffen Campaign. Prior to joining Lincoln Center, Inc., Tamar was Director of Development at the 92nd Street Y, Vice President of Development for the Central Park Conservancy, and held senior fundraising positions with The New York Botanical Garden, The American Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel, and the American Jewish Committee. A graduate of Clark University, Tamar holds a master’s degree in Social Service Administration from Columbia University and graduated from Harvard University’s Kennedy School Program on Exponential Fundraising.

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