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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 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.

Learn how we can help you succeed today. 

What Others Are Saying

  • I have been following Kathy for years and appreciate and marvel at her thoughtful, practical and evidence-based approach. Our Advancement team has participated in several of KDD Philanthropy’s webinars and I absolutely love the content focus on leadership and management skills within Advancement. The topics, such as how we position our team for greater success and what our development officers want and how we retain them, have provided invaluable information that I now use to help manage my teams more effectively. We also love the webinar takeaway exercises that help create follow up with the team. … I consider Kathy and Jim Langley, who presented with her in the “Philanthropy Thought Leader” webinar, my North Stars. If I’m lost or confused on how to proceed in my work, I always go back to them and their resources, and they help me focus on where I need to go next.

    David PrattAssociate Vice President, Advancement and Associate Director, CSU Foundation, Cleveland State University
  • I have been in the fundraising profession for 25 years and have attended many courses and met with numerous consultants. What makes Kathy Drucquer Duff different is that her deep fundraising experience is seamlessly woven into and throughout her trainings. I love how she is explicit about the fact that it takes time to make systematic changes. She advises how to integrate changes incrementally into our culture in order to have meaningful impact. The Weber State University advancement team has attended several of her webinars this year and they have formed the backbone of our professional development. Kathy is a standout in the field of training and consulting.

    Erica MarkenExecutive Director of Development, Weber State University
  • Auburn University Advancement has participated in two KDD Philanthropy webinars. I really appreciate that they are affordable and the entire institution’s Advancement team can share and participate in them. One of the biggest takeaways from participating is helping me feel less discouraged and realizing that other institutions are facing the same fundraising challenges. Kathy has helped me realize that perseverance is key to success.

    Mindy StreetDirector of Development, Jay and Susie Gogue Performing Arts Center, Auburn University
  • Kathy led both virtual and in-person trainings for the Seton Hall Advancement Division, as well as coached members of our leadership team. While being able to train in-person is always great, Kathy was incredibly engaging in the virtual format as well. We received very strong feedback from the team that the virtual trainings were engaging, personable and worked well with breakout sessions. Kathy is incredibly collaborative and created trainings and presentations that were formed specifically for Seton Hall and the conversations she had with our team about what they wanted from this investment. I’ve worked in higher education for more than 25 years and Kathy was the first consultant to work with me in that way.  

    Tara HartSenior Director for Administration in the Division for University Advancement, Seton Hall University
  • Kathy has been coaching members of the NC State College of Natural Resources frontinline fundraising team. I wanted to work with a consultant who can interact with a variety of different work styles, help build a culture of philanthropy and address specific development and management issues. Kathy does all those things, and she provides great examples and best practices. We are very much a “Think and Do” campus and Kathy really fits into that. She helps us think through a problem and then gives us concrete steps to move forward. After every coaching session with Kathy, there is something I use in my day-to-day work to improve my job performance. And my team feels the same way in terms of getting tools to increase confidence and improve performance. What I appreciate most is that Kathy’s approach is individualized and thoughtful, challenging and yet not judgmental.

    Lara Brown de FuenmayorAssistant Dean for College Advancement, College of Natural Resources, North Carolina State University
  • One of the best professional decisions I made in 2020 was hiring Kathy as a coach. Her experience and insight have been incredibly valuable to me over the last few months.

    Brock MatthewsAssistant Dean for Advancement and President, NC State College of Sciences Foundation, NC State College of Sciences
  • Thank you, Kathy! What a great series, I got a few messages yesterday afternoon from a few of the team members who really enjoyed it. Thank you for the wealth of knowledge, and the tools to help build more intentional, long lasting donor relationships. We’re looking forward to continuing our education with you via the webinars!

    Ali ColbranDirector of Development, Institutional Giving & Donor Relations, Feeding San Diego
  • The American Heart Association Bay Area team has benefited from Kathy's consulting and leadership coaching as part of the KDD Philanthropy's webinar offering. The conversation was inspiring and actionable lifting the team to think more broadly about new stewardship strategies. Especially during the early months of COVID, Kathy was able to focus the team on a clear path forward alongside our executive team.

    Maria OlsonSenior Vice President, Western States, American Heart Association
  • Kathy brings a deep knowledge of fundraising principles and best practices to her work. Her presentation style is clear and engaging. Most impressive is her intelligence and creativity, which enable her to synthesize information and articulate it well. Whether you are new to the field or a seasoned professional, Kathy will bring you new ways of thinking about your work that will inspire and motivate you to be a more effective fundraiser.

    Anne S. HansenSenior Director of Development, Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
  • Kathy Drucquer Duff is the best consultant and trainer I have ever had the fortune to work with. Kathy’s sessions are expertly put together with the discussions interactive, engaging and relevant. She draws on her extensive experience, individual talent and engaging personality to make a real impact ... Her sessions will have a lasting impact on your organization.

    Ben JordanDirector of Development, Macquarie University
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