Wednesday, January 14, 2015


MARILYN BANCEL has rejoined The Oram Group as partner and director of our San Francisco-based West Coast office, following two and a half years as in-house development director at CuriOdyssey Museum, a former Oram client

She has long been active with the Association of Fundraising Professionals Golden Gate Chapter, for which she has served as board member and officer and as chair of various programs and events, serving in 2000 and 2009 as co-chair of National Philanthropy Day. Marilyn is a recipient of the chapter’s Hank Rosso Outstanding Fundraising Executive Award (2002). In addition to consulting, Marilyn has been Adjunct Professor at the University of San Francisco where she has taught Capital Campaigns and Major Gifts in the College of Professional Studies, Institute of Nonprofit Management. She is author of the long-popular workbook, Preparing Your Capital Campaign (Jossey Bass/Wiley 2000).

Marilyn’s current client focus includes all facets of the work needed to position an organization to conduct major gift fund-raising and campaigns — feasibility and planning studies, organizational analysis, board development, prospect engagement, and strategic or institutional planning. In addition to CuriOdyssey other clients have included San Francisco Girls Chorus, World Arts West, Boys and Girls Clubs of San Francisco, California Academy of Sciences, Glide Foundation, Headlands Center for the Arts, Human Rights Campaign, Peninsula Interfaith Action, National Foster Youth Action Network, Bar Association of San Francisco, Raphael House, Synergy School, Spirit Rock Meditation Center, University of California Press Foundation, Population Action International, United Religions Initiative, and many others.    

Prior to joining Oram, Marilyn worked for fifteen years as an institutional fund-raiser—as director of development for The Exploratorium, a museum of science, art and technology - and an Oram client served  by Oram partner  Hank Goldstein. She was also director of development for The Oakland Symphony; and as founder and executive director of East Bay Performance, Inc., publisher of the bi-weekly journal Bay Arts Review. Before entering the non-profit field, she lived for three years in Turkey where she operated an 80-person cottage craft and clothing export business.