Senior Major Gifts Officer, The Loomis Chaffee School
Mitchell Linker has been working in development for nearly 20 years, primarily at independent schools. He is currently the Senior Major Gifts Officer at The Loomis Chaffee School, where he has worked since 2011. In 2017, Loomis Chaffee completed a record-breaking comprehensive campaign, far surpassing its $100,000,000 goal raising $131,000,000. Since 2008, Linker has also served as the volunteer Development Chair of Our Companions Animal Rescue, New England's first domestic animal sanctuary. Since its founding, with no paid development staff, Our Companions has procured over $4,000,000 in capital funding and has an operating budget of $1,400,000 funded entirely through donations.
In 2017, Rowman & Littlefield published Linker's fundraising memoir, "No One Dreams of Being a Fundraiser: My Unexpected Journey from Music to Major Gifts." In recent years, Linker has presented at CASE District 1, CASE-NAIS, AFP Connecticut, AFP Long Island, and the Major Gifts (MaGiC) Conference.