“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
- 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.
- Former Dean of Undergraduate Studies, San Diego State University
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.
- Director of Development, University of Illinois Springfield
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.
- Chief Executive Officer, Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco
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.
- Vice President for Advancement, The University of Alabama
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.
- Assistant Vice Chancellor, Development, University of Denver
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.
- Vice President for University Relations and Development, San Diego State University
I hired Kathy to conduct two daylong training sessions, including a half-day for the president, campus leadership and deans. We want to have the best fundraisers, and training to increase skills and competencies of our team is the best way to assure for this. As a result of working with Kathy, our fundraisers have improved at everything from cold calls and initial outreach to presentations and solicitation strategy. The team especially appreciated Kathy’s guidance on portfolio prioritization because it helped us see that we can do a lot just by prioritizing and focusing on what really matters. … I’ve attended trainings where I felt like they use Any University, USA and simply cut and paste our name into it. With Kathy, she really got feedback from us and where we are in our development to customize the training specifically to our university.
- Director of Development, Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering, Colorado State University
“Kathy and I began working together when I was offered an Interim Director of Development position and she’s helped me develop confidence in my leadership and management style. While I’ll continue to develop my skills, since engaging in monthly strategy meetings with Kathy, I have found a balance in my management approach that’s proving effective and is helping me cultivate productive and meaningful relationships with the members of my team. I value Kathy’s honesty and I trust she’ll provide thoughtful feedback rooted in her many years of successful development experience.”
- Senior Director of National Philanthropy, City of Hope
I’ve worked with a lot of consultants in the business world. To have someone [like Kathy] who has walked in my shoes and is a wealth of knowledge and experience, and understands the culture of our company, and then is able to help me where I am is invaluable. I look forward to our calls and meetings because I always walk away with these gems that I can put into practice immediately. The value in working with Kathy is I’m not taught a bunch of conceptual theories; I’m equipped with real tangible nuggets I can put into practice and see that they work. I enjoy my job and feel like I can do it well, and that’s because of Kathy.
- Vice President, Philanthropy and Community Engagement, The Scripps Research Institute
Kathy has been working with me on an organizational assessment, helping me determine if I have the right people in the right positions and to identify the gaps. The assessment gave me a great springboard to speak to our CEO to gain approval to hire the staff needed to make our philanthropy efforts successful. In just two months, Kathy helped me come up with the position descriptions and assisted in crafting the conversations I had with staff to make this a successful reorganization. Kathy has been a game changer. I have had many ideas, and Kathy helped me put them into words and action, and helped me execute those ideas and strategies. She’s someone you want to have in your corner.
- Director of Development, Daniels College of Business, University of Denver
I’ve been working with Kathy for several months since I moved from an alumni role into a frontline fundraiser role. Our monthly coaching calls focus on best practices and donor strategy. The breadth and depth of Kathy’s fundraising experience makes her an exceptional coach. I have been able to rely on her expertise to help move my donor strategies forward with positive results.
- Director, Prospect Management & Research, NPR
After about six months in my new position at NPR, I can honestly say the time I spent with you in our coaching sessions has proven invaluable. Thank you, Kathy, for always taking the time to work through things I brought to the table. My experience with you and all of the guidance you gave me during our meetings has not only made me a better person, but a better employee and manager at NPR. Taking the time to listen, really listen, not being afraid to strategically push back, to be honest and transparent with those who report to me, are just some of the valuable tools you taught me that I use on a weekly (if not daily) basis.
- Former Assistant Vice Chancellor, University of Denver
We hired Kathy as a consultant for several months during the time we were conducting a search for a new Associate Vice Chancellor. Kathy stepped in seamlessly to support our fundraising team and reinforce messaging from Advancement leadership. We found Kathy to be a tremendous resource. She has a rare combination of skills and experience that allow her to see things from a broad scope, while also providing specific strategic and tactical tools and guidance. Whether discussing common issues in a large group format or meeting one-on-one to discuss individual donor strategies, Kathy's advice and guidance was enormously valuable. She is an inspiring speaker, a motivating and encouraging coach, and an active, focused listener with an insightful feedback loop. In addition, she has the ability to work well with a variety of people. It was extremely helpful – and fun – to work with Kathy!