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December 2, 2005

Chin joins CW's Development Division

Edna Chin has joined Colonial Williamsburg’s Development Division as manager of donor societies. Colonial Williamsburg’s donor societies have grown to more than 2,000 memberships contributing $4.5 million annually in support of the Foundation.

“Effective fund raising for any organization takes creative thinking, a long-term view and a genuine commitment to the goals of the institution,” said Denise Kellogg, director of the Colonial Williamsburg Fund. “Edna’s experience, as well as her energy and love for Colonial Williamsburg, will help us to encourage potential and existing donors to increase their levels of participation in our donor societies.”

As society manager, Chin also will supervise the daily operations of the St. George Tucker House, the donor society hospitality center located in Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area. Visited by more than 12,000 friends a year, donors enjoy light refreshments learn about different aspects of 18th-century life through weekly programs.

“The donor hospitality center offers a benefit to donors,” Chin said. “Donors who visit Colonial Williamsburg on a regular basis can take advantage of this facility, which is located in the center of town, and receive a warm, friendly welcome from our volunteers.”

Prior to joining the Foundation, Chin worked as an alumni gift officer at New York University, as manager of corporate relations for the American Liver Foundation, and as a fund raiser for the Ackerman Institute for the Family, a not-for-profit agency devoted to the treatment and study of families and to the training of family therapists. She received a bachelor’s degree in East Asian Studies from New York University and did graduate level work in Mandarin Chinese at Cornell University.

Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that restores, preserves and operates the 18th-century capital of Virginia, encompassed in the 301-acre Historic Area. Gifts to Colonial Williamsburg support program presentations in Historic Area buildings, trade shops and museums, acquisition and conservation of art and artifacts, building preservation and maintenance, production of publications and audiovisual programs and the research, documentation and interpretive training fundamental to the foundation’s educational activities. Williamsburg is located 150 miles south of Washington, D.C.

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