“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” ~ Lao Tzu
My name is Kathy Drucquer Duff, and for the past 26 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 born out of a desire to work with the professionals who build a philanthropic society. This vision was driven by my belief that philanthropy is one of the strongest forces for good in our world, and I have seen first-hand that a skillful fundraising program inspires incredible generosity.
This philosophy was formed in-house, as a leader at exceptional organizations where I secured transformational gifts, developed complex fundraising strategies, and led teams with significant fundraising success. My tenures have included:
- Associate Vice Chancellor of University Development, University of California, San Diego: responsible for team raising $70M annually.
- Vice President of Philanthropy, Sharp HealthCare Foundation: co-architect of $100M campaign.
- Associate Vice President of University Relations and Development, San Diego State University: co-created fundraising plan that led to a $500M campaign.
The common factor for success in each of these positions was my approach to building teams. From building productive partnerships with executive leadership to investing in the teams I led, I am confident that the best investment a development leader can make is in the people who carry out the work of inspiring and securing philanthropy every day.
This commitment to building up people in order to build programs drives my work as a sought-after consultant, author, and speaker for industry associations, including the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and Association of Donor Relations Professionals (ADRP). I teach a variety of courses for Academic Impressions and authored Productive Conversations with Donors: A Handbook for Frontline Fundraisers.