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Trumpeting Success with Dr. Patrick Tuck

The Walls Project is excited to welcome Dr. Patrick Tuck to our team as our new Director of Revenues. In this role, Dr. Tuck will lead grant writing and compliance efforts, expand our major gifts program, and assist in significant diversification of our revenue streams.

Prior to joining Walls, Dr. Tuck served as Executive Director for the Louisiana 4-H Foundation where he administered policy and procedure for a statewide network of 4-H nonprofits and led fundraising efforts that doubled the private assets of the Louisiana 4-H program.

“The key to fundraising is building meaningful and collaborative relationships in which donors feel connected to our mission” says Tuck.

The Walls Project leads programs, events, and alliances that work to break through and tear down the societal walls that discourage or prevent people from living safe, healthy, and prosperous lives.

He serves as partnership committee chair for the Louisiana Center for Afterschool Learning Advisory Council (LACAL), who nominated him to participate in the 2021 White-Riley-Peterson (WRP) Policy Fellowship program at Furman University. Tuck said it is his honor to continue serving youth and families throughout Louisiana as a WRP Fellow. A partnership with the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, this Fellowship is a 10-month national program designed to equip participants with a real-world understanding of policymaking for afterschool and expanded learning.

Before joining Louisiana 4-H, Tuck served as director of the United Way of the Bluegrass RSVP Trailblazers education volunteer program. He worked with federal support staff and United Way leadership to triple volunteer engagement and develop policies and procedures to ensure effective management of that federal grant initiative. A Canadian by birth with two advanced degrees from Louisiana universities, he first came to the U.S. in 1996 to complete a master’s degree in music at the University of Southwestern Louisiana, now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. A trumpet player, he had been a music teacher and a music education sales professional. As school and community music programs continued to be cut in the early 1990s, he realized the importance of raising dollars from private sources for the survival of the performing arts. “My work in Canada with music educators to help them develop funding fueled my desire to learn about nonprofit education fundraising and program development,” Tuck says. He served on the music faculty at Southeastern Louisiana University while completing his doctorate in music theory from LSU, which he received in 2007. He and his family then spent eight years in Kentucky where he served as a music theory and high brass professor before returning to his passion for funding arts and education initiatives. His undergraduate music degree and performance diploma are from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

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