For those Colorado lovers of the theater, the news that the Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA) has named Jamie Clements as Vice President of Development is good news, after a particularly tough time for the arts during the COVIDd-19 pandemic. He will oversee the organization’s seven-member Development team, which is responsible for the solicitation of major gifts, annual fund campaigns, grants, special events, premium membership groups, and corporate and foundation support. Additionally, he will be instrumental in the completion of the DCPA’s “A Grander Opening,” the capital campaign to help fund the $36 million Bonfils Theatre Complex renovation.
Clements has 10 years of experience in fundraising. Most recently, he served as the Director of Development and Memberships at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia. During his tenure in Atlanta, he was a member of the leadership team for a $39 million capital/endowment campaign, directly led efforts to double annual philanthropic revenue to $6.7 million and led an annual earned income goal of $2.5 million from memberships, subscriptions, and single tickets. He had primary oversight of an 11-member team of fundraisers and patron services professionals. Clements also served as the primary architect of the Alliance Theatre’s 2021-2025 Strategic Plan: Diversify, Expand, Imagine, Partner.
Prior to the Alliance Theatre, Clements was the Senior Associate Director of Development at Emory University’s College of Arts and Sciences. As Vice President of Development for the DCPA, he and the fundraising team will focus on individual donor relations, sponsorship procurement, and foundation grants to support the $60 million organization – one of the nation’s largest nonprofit theatre organizations, which regularly offers nearly one million guest experiences and educates more than 142,000 students each year.
Additionally, he and the Development team will complete the capital campaign to renovate the 42-year-old Stage (now Wolf) and Ricketson (now Singleton) theatres, which are home to the Tony Award-winning DCPA Theatre Company. Efforts are already at 92 percent towards their goal.
Possessing a life-long love for choral music, Clements holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Shorter College in Georgia, a Master of Church Music degree from Southeastern Seminary in North Carolina, and a Certificate in Current Affairs Fundraising from the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University. Clements also holds the Certified Fund Raising Executive credential from CFRE International and will start at the DCPA on June 15.