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Thriving in the Future by Learning from the Past: Cayuga Museum hires new Director of Development

From the Cayuga Muesum.

Geoffrey Starks, Director of Development and Outreach
Geoffrey Stark, Director of Development and Outreach at the Cayuga Muesum.

At a time of exciting transition, the Cayuga Museum of History & Art in Auburn, NY is thrilled to welcome Geoffrey Starks to the role of Director of Development and Outreach. The creation of this new position is intended to help focus and increase the museum’s fundraising and marketing approaches, ensuring it remains a vibrant cultural center for the community. Starks comes to this position with years of diverse nonprofit fundraising experience. Prior to his accepting his new role at the Cayuga Museum, he was employed in the Institutional Giving department of the Society for Science & the Public in Washington, D.C., where he successfully aided in raising over $1,000,000 from a myriad of national corporations, foundations, and nonprofits. Other notable fundraising positions include work with the Carter Center (former President Jimmy Carter’s foundation in Atlanta, GA) and as a founding board member of the Binghamton, NY theater company, SPARE Productions, which will celebrate its seventh year in August.

Starks is ecstatic about this new position and his new role in engaging audiences with the Cayuga Museum. “Cayuga County’s unique cultural heritage and the sheer abundance of historical and artistic resources provide ample opportunities for increased fundraising potential,” according to Starks. He is especially looking forward to meeting the community members of Auburn and working with them to ensure that the museum is carrying out its responsibility to engage with the community in meaningful ways.

This new role is a key part of Executive Director Kirsten Wise’s plan to increase the Cayuga Museum’s profile within Auburn. “Geoff’s experience and enthusiasm are a complement to my vision for the Museum, and I look forward to working together to create a sustainable future for the institution.”

In this time of monumental change for Auburn, the Cayuga Museum is proud to make the necessary steps to ensure that it is best involving all of the communities that have built the city and continue to do so. The Director of Development and Outreach position is just one of the vital steps being taken to ensure this mission is carried out. Send all inquiries on this new position and the Cayuga Museum’s new fundraising direction to Geoffrey Starks at


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