“Kathy’s passion for fundraising and overall confidence is contagious. Her candid style makes fundraising feel natural and easy and drags joy to the forefront of the donor experience. Kathy’s training has provided a clear road map for success and I can’t wait to implement her tactics!

Sheilagh Carlisle, Leadership Giving Officer, KPBS

You never leave a coaching session with Kathy not feeling motivated, reinvigorated, and ready to take on the world. She has a way of making everything you’ve been stuck on, or have been over analyzing, make sense in a positive and practical way with a clear set of next steps that you can trust to be successful. I am always grateful for her time and would recommend Fundraising Essentials Boot Camp 1.0 as critical to anyone that is thinking about transitioning into frontline fundraising or any junior fundraiser that is committed to their own personal success, as you will find Kathy’s approach and expertise undeniably valuable after only one session.”

— Kristi G. Ingles, Assistant Director of Development, UC San Diego

“I would highly recommend Fundraising Essentials Bootcamp! This workshop was very useful for participants in my group who were brand new to fundraising, and also for others who have had several years in the field. Kathy delivered the curriculum in a fashion that challenged the participants at all levels of experience. I found the entire day to be very beneficial and relevant to my fundraising goals. Kathy’s presentation, both on paper and in person, included strategic applications which can be put into place right away. Kathy is very knowledgeable and passionate, and she delivered a Bootcamp that was both engaging and enjoyable, while providing key take-aways for fundraising success.”

— Amy Myers, Philanthropy Officer, Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute

“KDD Philanthropy’s Fundraising Bootcamps provided me with the tools to become a more efficient, effective, and confident fundraiser. Even more importantly, the bootcamps reinvigorated my passion for philanthropy overall.

— Ericka Swensson, Director of Development, USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

I left (Bootcamp) feeling empowered and motivated with a lot more tools in my own fundraising toolbox that weren’t there before. I am so grateful you are willing to keep the class sizes small, as well as being willing to take students at varying levels of their careers as I learned so much from those around me and really felt you did an excellent job of tailoring the class to focus on our individual levels and needs. … [I am] very grateful that you are offering it and sending us home with such great tools, training and resources.”

Allison Morrissey, Director of Development, San Diego Musical Theatre

“Just a note to express my appreciation for the superb workshop you provided on Friday.  My colleague and I found it to be intensely interesting as well as instructive, packed with super ideas drawn from your vast experience in development work. Thank you!”

—Sara Wilensky Napoli, President and CEO, San Diego Police Foundation

“Kathy’s Fundraising Essentials Bootcamp is a must-attend event for any emerging fundraiser or newly formed development team. The Bootcamp session focuses on proven strategies for prospecting and cultivating donors, and tools for overcoming some of our own personal fears and building confidence. A great way to re-focus yourself or your team on the basics of successful fundraising.”

— Price Adams, Account Supervisor, Nuffer, Smith, Tucker

The Fundraising Essentials Bootcamp was hands-down the most beneficial training I’ve attended in my career to date. The information was relevant, straightforward, and easily comprehended. I walked away with a deeper understanding of my role as a frontline fundraiser, and I am eager to put my new skills to practice.”

Ali Forma, Development Coordinator, Birch Aquarium at Scripps

“I had the pleasure of taking the Fundraising Essentials Bootcamp with Kathy. The knowledge and experience that Kathy brings to the program makes the whole day worth it. You will walk away with a greater understanding of frontline fundraising from prospecting to moves management and everything in between. You will also gain the confidence to get out there and make meaningful connections both for a prospective donor and your institution or organization.”

Kaitlyn Keating, Assistant Director of Development, UC Riverside

The KDD Philanthropy Bootcamp was exactly what I needed to kick-start my new position in fundraising! Kathy is an excellent speaker and presenter with a wealth of information that she shares with her students. True to its name, this Bootcamp was rigorous, thought provoking and inspirational. My colleagues and I look forward to attending more in the future.”

– Beverly, Development Officer

“Kathy’s enthusiasm for fundraising and philanthropy is contagious! She passionately teaches the very strategies and tools that have made her a very successful development professional.

Heather Cova, Leadership Network Manager, The Fieldstone Foundation

“I really enjoyed attending the Fundraising Essentials Bootcamp. It gave me new perspective on how to engage a donor which I will apply to my work moving forward.”

Nicole Roman, Director of Estate and Gift Planning, San Diego Humane Society and SPCA

“Kathy did a wonderful job of educating, equipping and inspiring us on the art and science of fundraising essentials. Her knowledge and experience was shared effortlessly and generously. I have some real tools, approaches and responses that can be implemented today.

– Bootcamp Attendee