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
- Senior Vice President, Western States, American Heart Association
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.
- Senior Director of Development, Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
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.
- Director of Development, Macquarie University
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.
- CEO, PQ (Philanthropy Quotient) Consulting
Kathy Drucquer Duff is one of the best fundraising coaches and consultant in the industry. I have attended several of her sessions - both, online and offline. In every session, she provides clients with insightful and actionable recommendations that motivate them to strategically approach prospects, make immediate changes in their engagement cycle as well as raise transformational philanthropic gifts. As a fellow consultant, Kathy has been a guide and an inspiration to me.
- Director of Development and Alumni Relations, University of Southampton
I owe a large part of my career to Kathy. She unlocks fundraising potential in teams through a practical grounding in portfolio management, thorough training in donor conversations and tried-and-tested ideas for moving relationships with care and success. You will leave every conversation with Kathy with a spring in your step and a renewed sense of purpose.
- Founder and Director, Fieldstone Leadership Network San Diego
Along with her deep experience and expertise, Kathy brings an energy and vitality to her work that is contagious. She is always well prepared and generous in sharing her wisdom with those with whom she is working. Over the years, she has been my “go-to” person whenever I have needed a fundraising resource for our network members. She is simply tremendous!
- CEO, Walden Family Services
Kathy’s knowledge of fundraising tactics is unparalleled. She is adept at analyzing challenges, creating a team strategy, and coaching that allows everyone to utilize their best talents. Most importantly, her approach is easy to replicate in the real world of fundraising with successful results!
- Former Senior Director, Development, University of New South Wales
The University of New South Wales engaged KDD Philanthropy to deliver five week-long, in-person training sessions in Sydney to our Division of Philanthropy. Prior to developing her comprehensive and highly bespoke curriculum across development, advancement services, and alumni and engagement, Kathy took the time to understand where we were as an organization and where we aspired to be. She carefully considered the nuances associated with the Australian philanthropic environment to ensure that her content was as relevant as possible. As our partner, Kathy was vested in our team's success and her training emphasized accountability and a growth-oriented mindset. Many on our 100-person team commented that the training and coaching she provided was invaluable regardless of how much prior experience they had. During the planning phase of UNSW's campaign, we also benefited from Kathy providing small group training to Management Board, senior academic and professional leaders, and our most senior volunteers.
- Principal Gifts Officer, University of New South Wales
I have been fortunate to be involved in training sessions run by Kathy. Her vast knowledge within philanthropy is shown through the sessions she delivers. The training Kathy has delivered gave me the ability to think about the role I have been doing, and what I can do differently in my approach to my work. I highly recommend Kathy for philanthropy training; her approach is fresh and energetic.
- 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.