She uses a wealth of experience gained from three decades at the forefront of fundraising, managing the portfolios of major donors, planning post-campaigns, and masterminding the discovery call process and planned giving. Her long list of successful campaigns covers a wide range of clients.
Kathryn has held many senior executive management positions. She oversaw the entire fundraising operations at Saint Mary’s School and East Carolina University, and has served on nonprofit boards for many other organizations. After her record-breaking fundraising for North Carolina Museum of Art, where she led a successful $50.6 million campaign, she founded her own consulting business.
Academically, she has gone the whole distance. At the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she completed the Bridges Academic Leadership for Women program of professional development for women in higher education. She proudly submitted her PhD, researching ‘Nonprofit CEO Power and Multiple Boards: Their Effects on Governing Board Role Fulfillment’ to examine what effect additional boards may have on a governing board’s role fulfillment.
Kathryn regularly speaks in public. She presents her research at the ARNOVA (Association of Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action) conference, inspires as a speaker at the AFP NC Philanthropy Conference, and shares her knowledge and passion through teaching at North Carolina State University. She treats fundraising like the running she does in her spare time: with commitment, tenacity and hard work.
In 2017, Gail Perry and Kathryn joined forces. Ever since, Kathryn has played an important role in energizing the Gail Perry Group’s nonprofit clients and transforming their fundraising fortunes. It illustrates her philosophy of looking beyond just raising dollars to affect real change for a better world.