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

My name is Kathy Drucquer Duff, and for the past 23 years, I have had the pleasure of leading teams to create transformative fundraising strategies within higher education, healthcare and non-profit organizations. I do this because I care deeply about philanthropy and development as a career opportunity, and I truly believe the best investment a development leader can make is in talent – because nurturing and leading people creates lasting philanthropic relationships.

KDD Philanthropy was started with this in mind. In my role as Fundraising Coach, Consultant and Optimzer, I help organizations transform the way they practice philanthropy, grow talent, and approach the future growth of their organizations.

Some of my consulting clients include: University of Denver, Colorado State University, Mills College, UC Davis, UC Santa Cruz, Chapman University, San Diego Community College District, City of Hope, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, the American Heart Association, the New England Aquarium, San Diego Humane Society, Children’s Receiving Home of Sacramento, and San Diego Blood Bank.

My approach to fundraising and talent management has been an integral part of my leadership throughout my career. Before starting KDD Philanthropy, I led comprehensive programs in pipeline development, talent acquisition, comprehensive recruitments, powerful onboarding programs, individualized retention strategies, and in-house professional development and training programs:

  • 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.

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