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Founded in 1999, Lyric Systems was built on an understanding that in the world of fundraising, computer systems can be a nonprofit's strongest asset -- or its weakest link.  We feel strongly that the client needs an advocate -- someone to translate their needs to their IT staff, vendors and consultants; educate them on how to manage their fundraising systems and show them how to maximize their investment.

Born out of Annalee Van Kleeck's 25 years of experience spent as a fundraising systems administrator, software vendor and a consultant, Lyric Systems endows nonprofits with the practical knowledge they need to take control of their systems.

Our Founder

Annalee Van KleeckAfter spending 2 years as a theatrical stage manager, she took her first administrative position at The New York Society for the Deaf where she developed a dBase application to manage the sign language class registration and student history.

In 1988, she rose through the ranks at Thirteen/WNET to become the Associate Director of Development Systems managing a project with Coopers & Lybrand to find a new fundraising system.  At Planned Parenthood Federation, she managed their 1M+ record database conversion and helped to design the service bureau database now known as PIDI (Public Interest Data, Inc.).

In 1994 at NYU Medical Center, as the Associate Director of Database Marketing, she completed their database conversion and chaired an operations team of representatives from NYU Medical Center Treasury, NYU Treasury, Grants Administration and Development.  In 1998, she gained the perspective of the software vendor side at Access International, a fundraising software company based in Cambridge, MA.  As Senior Project Manager, she served two of their largest NY clients, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and The Anti-Defamation League where she managed their database conversion.

She has made numerous presentations throughout her career for the Association of Fundraising Professionals (formerly NSFRE) on topics such as: “Outsourcing vs. Insourcing,” “Keys to a Successful Conversion”,  “The Perfect Fit – Finding the Right Fundraising Software” and "Making Your Database Sing!  How to Get the Most Out of Your Software Investments."

In 2002, she was nominated to the board of WID (Women in Development, New York), a membership organization dedicated to enhancing and promoting the careers of women fundraisers in the greater NY area.

She served as Co-Chair for the Internet & Technology track for Fund Raising Day in NY, 2006 and 2007.  She served as Program Co-Vice Chair for Fund Raising Day in New York 2008 and 2009.

Annalee is also a photographer, musician, licensed real estate agent and writer member of ASCAP (American Society of Composers & Publishers). To download her CV as an Adobe Acrobat file, click here.