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Fundraising Coaching and Consulting

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Connecting passion with purpose

In order to thrive in today’s philanthropic climate, organizations must invest in their advancement professionals, from fundraising essentials to executive coaching and everything between.

KDD Philanthropy offers services to support advancement teams of all sizes as they succeed in inspiring and securing generosity.

Our firm’s distinctive approach of empowering people and teams, while building clear and actionable plans, draws on its founder’s years of in-house leadership at some of the largest organizations in San Diego. During this time, Kathy Drucquer Duff developed deep expertise across the advancement spectrum, from alumni engagement and frontline fundraising to campaign management and executive leadership.

Clients of KDD Philanthropy consistently cite the firm’s ability to quickly assess their landscape, identify needs, engage with staff at a variety of levels and functions, and provide tools to build the individual and the culture, as keys to their success.

Learn how we can help you succeed today. 

What Others Are Saying

  • When I started at The University of Alabama, I discovered a need for professional development for many of our existing fundraisers as well as new development officers to show how to approach fundraising in a systematic way. Kathy Drucquer Duff has conducted three fundraising training workshops for us, and they’ve been absolutely vital in growing and enhancing our development efforts. What I appreciate most about Kathy is the fact that she’s done the fundraising work herself, and she knows what it’s like to be a development officer as well as the leader of a significant major gift fundraising unit. She has an incredible breadth of knowledge, and her personality makes her a wonderfully relatable presenter. I highly recommend Kathy if you’re looking for a speaker, coach or trainer to assist in modeling the path for best practices in major gift fundraising.

    Robert D. Pierce IIVice President for Advancement, The University of Alabama
  • Kathy provides individualized coaching for ten members of my advancement team. The fundraising officers needed an experienced person they could turn to about how to manage a portfolio, and some needed guidance on how to manage up and into leadership positions. Kathy personalizes every interaction, and offers very detailed suggestions to each team member. It’s very frequent that when I see someone exhibiting new and positive behavior, they attribute the change to Kathy’s coaching. Additionally, my development officers feel very supported and valued that they are given the opportunity to work with a coach.

    Lissy GarrisonAssistant Vice Chancellor, Development, University of Denver
  • I hired Kathy to conduct two daylong training sessions, including a half-day for the president, campus leadership and deans. We want to have the best fundraisers, and training to increase skills and competencies of our team is the best way to assure for this. As a result of working with Kathy, our fundraisers have improved at everything from cold calls and initial outreach to presentations and solicitation strategy. The team especially appreciated Kathy’s guidance on portfolio prioritization because it helped us see that we can do a lot just by prioritizing and focusing on what really matters. … I’ve attended trainings where I felt like they use Any University, USA and simply cut and paste our name into it. With Kathy, she really got feedback from us and where we are in our development to customize the training specifically to our university.

    Adrienne VargasInterim Vice President for University Relations and Development, San Diego State University
  • “Kathy and I began working together when I was offered an Interim Director of Development position and she’s helped me develop confidence in my leadership and management style. While I’ll continue to develop my skills, since engaging in monthly strategy meetings with Kathy, I have found a balance in my management approach that’s proving effective and is helping me cultivate productive and meaningful relationships with the members of my team. I value Kathy’s honesty and I trust she’ll provide thoughtful feedback rooted in her many years of successful development experience.”

    Mary JarchowDirector of Development, Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering, Colorado State University
  • I’ve worked with a lot of consultants in the business world. To have someone [like Kathy] who has walked in my shoes and is a wealth of knowledge and experience, and understands the culture of our company, and then is able to help me where I am is invaluable. I look forward to our calls and meetings because I always walk away with these gems that I can put into practice immediately. The value in working with Kathy is I’m not taught a bunch of conceptual theories; I’m equipped with real tangible nuggets I can put into practice and see that they work. I enjoy my job and feel like I can do it well, and that’s because of Kathy.

    Teri LaneSenior Director of National Philanthropy, City of Hope
  • Kathy has been working with me on an organizational assessment, helping me determine if I have the right people in the right positions and to identify the gaps. The assessment gave me a great springboard to speak to our CEO to gain approval to hire the staff needed to make our philanthropy efforts successful. In just two months, Kathy helped me come up with the position descriptions and assisted in crafting the conversations I had with staff to make this a successful reorganization. Kathy has been a game changer. I have had many ideas, and Kathy helped me put them into words and action, and helped me execute those ideas and strategies. She’s someone you want to have in your corner.

    Jennifer CrosbyVice President, Philanthropy and Community Engagement, The Scripps Research Institute
  • I’ve been working with Kathy for several months since I moved from an alumni role into a frontline fundraiser role. Our monthly coaching calls focus on best practices and donor strategy. The breadth and depth of Kathy’s fundraising experience makes her an exceptional coach. I have been able to rely on her expertise to help move my donor strategies forward with positive results.

    Mona SpitzDirector of Development, Daniels College of Business, University of Denver
  • After about six months in my new position at NPR, I can honestly say the time I spent with you in our coaching sessions has proven invaluable. Thank you, Kathy, for always taking the time to work through things I brought to the table. My experience with you and all of the guidance you gave me during our meetings has not only made me a better person, but a better employee and manager at NPR. Taking the time to listen, really listen, not being afraid to strategically push back, to be honest and transparent with those who report to me, are just some of the valuable tools you taught me that I use on a weekly (if not daily) basis.

    Ryan Frank, MLISDirector, Prospect Management & Research, NPR
  • We hired Kathy as a consultant for several  months during the time we were conducting a search for a new Associate Vice Chancellor. Kathy stepped in seamlessly to support our fundraising team and reinforce messaging from Advancement leadership. We found Kathy to be a tremendous resource. She has a rare combination of skills and experience that allow her to see things from a broad scope, while also providing specific strategic and tactical tools and guidance. Whether discussing common issues in a large group format or meeting one-on-one to discuss individual donor strategies, Kathy's advice and guidance was enormously valuable. She is an inspiring speaker, a motivating and encouraging coach, and an active, focused listener with an insightful feedback loop. In addition, she has the ability to work well with a variety of people. It was extremely helpful – and fun – to work with Kathy!

    Kellie FischerFormer Assistant Vice Chancellor, University of Denver
  • We partnered with Kathy to launch a coaching pilot at Colorado State University, and the results were incredibly positive. Kathy coached a number of our senior leaders to help them identify and achieve their developmental goals. In addition, she communicated with their supervisors, co-designed joint outcomes/goals that served the division, and kept everyone updated about their progress. We were so pleased with the results that we plan to continue working with Kathy and formalize our coaching program. As the lead for our talent management initiatives, I have struggled to find developmental opportunities for our high-achieving staff, especially those who are near the top of the organizational chart. Kathy’s expertise and breadth of experience in Advancement make her a perfect fit. She’s also very adept at working with supervisors with differing styles. For example, one of our supervisors was more hands off, while the other wanted more involvement. Kathy was able to adjust as needed to meet everyone’s expectations. The feedback from staff who were coached by Kathy was 100% positive. They felt challenged and supported, appreciated her advice, and found her to be relatable. She helped them take a global view on their challenges, and she provided a confidential and safe sounding board. Coaching is the new frontier in talent management, especially in higher education, and I cannot think of another person better suited to lead the way than Kathy Drucquer Duff.

    Alexis Kanda-OlmsteadFormer Managing Director of Talent Management, Training & Support, University Advancement, Colorado State University
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