Florida Grand Opera Appoints Amy Funk as Director of Development

MIAMI – December 19, 2012 – Florida Grand Opera (FGO) is pleased to announce the appointment of a new Director of Development, Amy Funk, effective Jan. 7, 2013. She will work closely with FGO’s General Director and CEO, Susan T. Danis, a former colleague, in mapping out the fundraising program as the company approaches its 73rd anniversary.

“I am very excited to work with Amy again, this time as part of the Florida Grand Opera family,” said Danis. “She is an engaging and results-driven professional with a gift for cultivating relationships, and her expertise will be a great addition to our Development team.”

Most recently, Funk served as the Senior Associate Director of Annual Giving for the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago, where she started the initial rollout of a $4 million capital campaign, engaging board members and executive directors across seven YMCA centers to expand local board membership and giving. She was also fundamental in securing a $1 million gift for the YMCA and helped oversee a $12 million capital campaign at Midwest Palliative & Hospice CareCenter while running their annual giving program.  

Funk began her nonprofit career working side by side with Danis in 2006, serving as Campaign Manager for the public phase of Sarasota Opera’s $20 million capital campaign. Prior to entering the nonprofit field, she made strides in the corporate sector with companies such as MBNA America and GE Capital.

Funk has a Bachelor of Arts in history from Millikin University and earned a master’s degree in non-profit management, with distinction, from DePaul University in June 2012. Funk is currently in the process of moving to Miami with her husband, Andrew Funk, an established operatic bass, and their seven-year-old daughter.

About Florida Grand Opera

Florida Grand Opera (FGO), the oldest performing arts organizations in Florida, celebrates its 72nd year of continuously producing grand opera during the 2012-2013 season, which features: Puccini’s La bohème, Nov. 17 through Dec. 8; Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Jan. 29 through Feb. 23; Bellini’s La sonnambula, Feb. 9 through Feb. 17; and Verdi’s La traviata, Apr. 20 through May 5. Subscriptions for all four operas of the season start at $36 and single tickets start as low as $11. Tickets may be purchased by phone at (800) 741-1010 or online at

Founded in 1941 as Greater Miami Opera and later merging with The Opera Guild Inc. in 1994, FGO presents a mixture of standard repertoire and contemporary works as well as commissions new productions – all featuring projected translations in English and Spanish. FGO, recognized for funding by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Funding is also provided, in part, by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, Cultural Affairs Council, the Mayor and the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners and the Miami-Dade County Tourist Development Council. Program support is provided by the City of Miami Beach, Cultural Affairs Program, Cultural Arts Council. Florida Grand Opera is a Resident Company of the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County and a member company of OPERA America. American Airlines is the Official Airline, Intercontinental Miami is the Official Hotel and Steinway & Sons is the Official Piano of Florida Grand Opera. 

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