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“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • 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
  • 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.

    Priya PanikkarCEO, PQ (Philanthropy Quotient) Consulting 
  • 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.

    Joanne DonahoeDirector of Development and Alumni Relations, University of Southampton
  • 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!

    Janine MasonFounder and Director, Fieldstone Leadership Network San Diego
  • 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!

    Teresa StiversCEO, Walden Family Services
  • 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.

    Ivan ShinFormer Senior Director, Development, 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.

    Bea KuncicPrincipal Gifts Officer, University of New South Wales
  • 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.

    Albert PisanoDean and Walter J. Zable Distinguished Professor, Jacobs School of Engineering, University of California, San Diego
  • 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.

    Geoffrey ChaseFormer Dean of Undergraduate Studies, San Diego State University
  • 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.  

    Pam HultenDirector of Development, University of Illinois Springfield
  • 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.

    Maureen SedonaenChief Executive Officer, Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco
  • 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.

    Robert D. Pierce IIVice President for Advancement, The University of Alabama
  • 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.

    Lissy GarrisonAssistant Vice Chancellor, Development, University of Denver
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