Fundraising Coaching and Consulting
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 virtual trainings, webinars and coaching 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.
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What Others Are Saying
- Dean and Walter J. Zable Distinguished Professor, Jacobs School of Engineering, University of California, San Diego
Kathy and I worked together while she was Associate Vice Chancellor for University Development at UC San Diego. We were at the start of a capital campaign and the College of Engineering had a $225 million goal. Kathy was the one who helped build and coach our team, and helped us develop goals so we could get those first fundraising successes that led to subsequent, bigger successes. We ended up exceeding the campaign goal. … Kathy is a very energetic person who understands how to enter a room and quickly form strong relationships with people around her, and immediately gets to a place of open communication and trust. Kathy continues to be a thought leader and resource for my Executive Director of Development and his team of eight development officers. In fact, we’ve almost met our campaign goal for this fiscal year, despite COVID-19 and the difficult fundraising climate. With people like Kathy on your side, you can’t lose.
- Former Dean of Undergraduate Studies, San Diego State University
Kathy and I had a great partnership. While she was focused on raising funds and developing donors, she understood the complexity behind it. She never came into a situation with unrealistic demands and expectations. Kathy helped me and my team focus on building community and relationships with donors, knowing that those relationships would inevitably lead to successful outcomes, which they did.
- Director of Development, University of Illinois Springfield
I attended your conference back on Dec. 10-11 in Chicago on "enhancing your donor portfolio strategy." After attending I came back to my team to roll out the Strategy Speed Dating exercise. Not only was it overwhelmingly well received, it has now become a standard component of our monthly prospect management meetings. I bought a giant timer for the exercise and used your template. It’s amazing when you have some very seasoned staff in the room who all know so much about particular donors (personal and professional info) and given the focus, we are creating positive institutional growth for sure. Thank you for sharing this. It’s wonderful to bring tools back and use them wisely.
- Chief Executive Officer, Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco
We began working with Kathy Drucquer Duff and Carol Spychalski in 2019 during an important transition within our development team. By providing transition management and one to one coaching, they helped us fill a critical and vital gap during that time. They provided both strategic direction and were partners to me, and the team, by providing coaching, training, tools, and active support of six key development team members. Our work together was incredibly solution-oriented, positive and done with the utmost respect for all the team members and the organization as a whole, and how it can best have an impact. I highly recommend them as incredible partners and leaders in this work.
- Vice President for Advancement, The University of Alabama
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.
- Assistant Vice Chancellor, Development, University of Denver
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.
- Vice President for University Relations and Development, San Diego State University
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.
- Director of Development, Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering, Colorado 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.”
- Senior Director of National Philanthropy, City of Hope
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.
- Vice President, Philanthropy and Community Engagement, The Scripps Research Institute
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.