SLT is thrilled to welcome Marci Bowling to its staff as Development Director. She will be responsible for leading the theatre’s efforts to raise financial and other support to sustain SLT’s work, including an upcoming multifaceted capital campaign for the theatre and generating additional revenue for SLT through underwriting and ad sales.
Bowling is a marketing professional with more than 20 years of experience in nonprofit development and public relations. She transitions to SLT from BKD CPAs and Advisors where she served as a Business Development Executive, helping individuals and businesses with financial needs find “win-win” solutions.
Referred to as “perpetually perky” and “a bulldog when it comes to fundraisers,” Bowling has received many well-deserved awards and much recognition of her “heart” over the years. Her portfolio of achievements has been an influence in volunteerism and community participation, and she is no stranger to the nonprofit world.
Bowling enjoyed more than 10 years of success as the Developmental Center of the Ozarks’ Development and Public Relations Director. She raised their annual fundraising mark by more than $400,000 and accomplished leading their $1.65 million capital campaign.
In 2015, Bowling founded Watching Over Whiskers, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing emergency medical needs, routine vetting, and good homes for cats in the Springfield area.
SLT’s Board President Bill Mitchell says, “We are extremely pleased to have an experienced development professional join our talented staff. Marci brings many years of development experience along with her knowledge of the Southwest Missouri area. SLT will launch a capital campaign under her guidance. Securing funding for the preservation of the Landers Theatre is one of the facets of the capital campaign.”
The historic Landers Theatre, SLT’s home since 1970, faces serious maintenance issues. SLT has invested more than $400,000 in the preservation of the building over the past four years alone. Now, nearly $1 million is required for urgent structural needs including foundation repairs and tuckpointing. The building must also have a new HVAC system.
SLT is unable to fund this necessary maintenance through operations. Before show expenses, it costs $10,000 per week just to keep the doors open. Royalties for shows can top $35,000. SLT does not receive sales tax, City, or County revenue. The organization looks to Bowling to lead its capital campaign to preserve the historic Landers Theatre, expand the educational program capacity, and secure the operational funding of SLT for future generations.
Beth Domann, SLT Executive Director, exclaims, “We’re really excited Marci is coming on board; we’ve been working on her for years. Her history with SLT will allow her to hit the ground running. She is the ‘best of the best’ in town and is exactly what we need in order to take the organization to the next level.”
SLT presents more than 100 performances to more than 65,000 people annually, and its unparalleled and nationally recognized Education Department offers programs year round. The beautiful Landers Theatre is an official National Historic Site, and tens of thousands of community members from children to adults call it “home.”
Bowling has received Springfield Business Journal’s 20 Most Influential Women and 40 Under 40 awards.
To schedule an interview, please contact Lexy Saner, SLT Marketing Director, at 417-869-3869 x16 or LexyS@SpringfieldLittleTheatre.org.