Marion Therese Lee, CFRE


Marion Lee co-founded Bacon Lee & Associates with Michael Bacon in 2000.  She has over 27 years of experience in capital and major gift campaigns, recruitment and non-profit management, strategic planning, development assessments, board and staff education and philanthropic fund management.  Building strong development processes and preparing organizations for sustainable growth is a passion for Marion and fuels her goal to keep our consulting services relevant to contemporary nonprofit needs.

Marion began working in the nonprofit field as special assistant to the Director of the Witte Museum, facilitating fundraising endeavors and developing the Witte’s adventure travel group, the Texas Camel Corps.  Marion went on to become a Development Associate at the University of Texas Institute of Texan Cultures where she developed the basic fund raising skills that are the core of her non-profit career.

Marion also served as the Capital Campaign Director and Assistant Executive Director for the San Antonio Public Library Foundation to support the $175 million campaign to build the new Central Library.  The Library Foundation completed the campaign in 1993 and raised over $32 million in two years to provide technology and other enhancements for the new Central Library and System.

In 1995, Marion became the CEO of the San Antonio Area Foundation.  As CEO, Marion worked with the Board in its first strategic planning process, led the process to re-organize the grant and scholarships programs, assisted the Board in developing policies and procedures relating to donor relations and investment management and increased the Foundation’s assets to over $102 million.

She currently serves on the boards of Healthy Futures and the YWCA of San Antonio.  Marion is a past member of the Boards of Any Baby Can, the Humane Society of San Antonio and San Antonio 100.  Marion is the recipient of the San Antonio Chapter of the Association for Fundraising Professionals, 2004 Fundraising Professional of the Year award and a member of the Leadership Texas class of 2007.

Marion and her husband, Cameron, enjoy the country life with their two German Shepherds, scuba diving and planning the next great trip.

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