About Kathy Drucquer Duff

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kathy“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” ~ Lao Tzu

Every day I have the pleasure of assisting fundraisers and leaders become the strongest possible team. I believe people and relationships are at the heart of everything we do. The best investment an organization can make is in talent, because nurturing and inspiring teams creates lasting philanthropic relationships.

I have had the pleasure of leading teams to create transformative development strategies within higher education and healthcare organizations for the last 23 plus years. My goal is to always empower people to be high performing, which in turn, leads to inspiration and impact for the donors and organizations we serve. I am proud that many of the development professionals I have worked with throughout my career have remained in philanthropy, and are carrying on the best practices we developed and continue to find success for their organizations.

Talent management is an organization’s biggest opportunity and the chance they have to distinguish themselves as an institution. This approach and mentoring practice has been an integral pat of my leadership throughout my career as an advancement professional. It has led to comprehensive programs in pipeline development, talent acquisition, comprehensive recruitments, powerful onboarding programs, individualized retention strategies, and an increase in fundraising success. My goal is to help your organization use these models to grow and thrive.

I have developed a breadth and depth of expertise at large, sophisticated institutions:

  • Served as Associate Vice Chancellor of University Development at University of California San Diego (UCSD); led a team accountable for an annual goal of over $70 million.
  • Served as Vice President of Philanthropy for the Sharp HealthCare Foundation; designed and implemented a system-wide campaign approach and team structure for the Inspire Campaign
  • Served as Associate Vice President of University Relations and Development for San Diego State University; led fundraising for the L. Robert Payne School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, including securing its naming gift; co-created an interdisciplinary fundraising plan for the university’s first $500 million comprehensive campaign.

I am a sought-after consultant and speaker for industry associations including CASE and ADRP. I teach a variety of fundraising essentials courses and webinars for Academic Impressions. I’m also the author of Productive Conversations with Donors: A Handbook for Frontline Fundraisers, which gives frontline fundraisers new tools to have more productive conversations.

Some of my consulting clients include the American Heart Association, the New England Aquarium, San Diego Humane Society, Children’s Receiving Home of Sacramento, San Diego Community College District, City of Hope, University of Denver, Colorado State University, and Mills College.

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