Quechee, VT – The Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) announced that it has hired Dave Eastman as Director of Development. He will be responsible for overseeing all fundraising activities at VINS including Membership and the Adopt a Raptor programs. His work this early spring will include helping to plan VINS’ 50th Anniversary Celebration.
“We are delighted to have Dave on board,” said Mary Davidson Graham, VINS’ Assistant Executive Director. “He has the right background, mix of skills, as well as a love of our mission to work with the community, grant funders, and corporate partners to advance our fundraising efforts.”
Eastman brings a wealth of fundraising, marketing and management experience from other nonprofits, especially in education, as well as from the private sector. In addition, Eastman has long volunteered his time for conservation organization Trout Unlimited here in Vermont.
“I am thrilled to join VINS and bring my fundraising experience to support an organization I have known and loved for many years,” Eastman said. “To combine my belief in pitching in to conserve our environment, as well as helping nonprofits, such as VINS, to gain the financial support they so desperately need to carry out their missions, is truly a dream come true for me.”
Eastman has long admired VINS’ work as a member of the local community. “When my family moved to the Upper Valley over 20 years ago, VINS was still in Woodstock. Since then, we have watched VINS evolve, move to Quechee, and continue to grow,” Eastman said. He continued, “I am excited to not only be a part of this wonderful growth that is happening at VINS, but to help support its continuation as well.”
Eastman’s local chapter of Trout Unlimited (TU), the Greater Upper Valley Chapter, and VINS have long partnered to host an educational and experiential event called the David P.C. Chang Memorial Fund event. The purpose of the fund is to educate future generations about the care and stewardship of rivers, lakes and ponds to ensure that their ecosystems will provide for the survival of trout and other fish in their natural environment, as well as to promote the fine art of fly-fishing.
A former classroom teacher, Eastman brought his classes to this event and would eventually help coordinate the event for TU.
Eastman received his undergraduate degree in Economics from Babson College and his MBA in Management and Marketing from the University of Connecticut. Eastman is a current member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. He lives in nearby Hartland with his wife. His two children are now in college.