Vice President, Partnerships & Advancement
National Urban League
New York, N.Y.
The biblical declaration, “To whom much is given, much is expected,” served Lynn K. Law well as she climbed the nonprofit ladder, becoming vice president of partnerships and advancement at the National Urban League today.
The 30-year nonprofit veteran’s legendary money-raising savvy has helped such organizations as Girl Scouts of the U.S.A and the United Negro College Fund to meet, if not exceed, their annual fundraising goals. Previously, as director of corporate relations at the New York Public Library, she secured $1.6 million annually for the institution. In 2013, she was acknowledged as a woman of industry, power and influence upon her induction into the YWCA’s Academy of Women Leaders.
At the Urban League, Law secures the engagement of Fortune 100 and 500 companies around the organization’s programs and services, including diversity, corporate sponsorship and programmatic support. “Whenever I can find alignment between the National Urban League’s mission and the philanthropic goals, of the company, I seek to create a winning partnership.” she remarks.
In the philanthropic aspect of her work, she most enjoys helping people in the community. “Whether helping someone buy a home, go to college, create a budget, or get health care, my work impacts lives,” she admits, “even though I will never meet all of the people I helped.”
Law remains grateful to the first executive director of Sponsors for Educational Opportunity, who offered her that position during her senior year at the University of Vermont, where she earned a degree in education.
It was her first experience in fundraising and interfacing with corporate executives. Law also has management certificates from Harvard University and Georgetown University. She is a member of the Greater New York Chapter of The Links, Inc.
With the time and money, she confesses, she would live in South Africa, Italy, and Spain, 12 months at a time in each country.