Social entrepreneur, Kathleen Bennett has worked in the field of fund development for 20 years.
She raised eight million dollars in seven years for The Girls’ Middle School . Currently, she consults for small non-profits in Silicon Valley helping them RAISE MORE MONEY for the causes they champion.
As founder and head of The Girls' Middle School, Kathleen raised eight million dollars in seven years starting from scratch with no funders or angel donors. She learned fundraising in the trenches, doing some things well and others poorly. She hopes her consulting will help you avoid the mistakes she made, learn to fundraise well, establish excellent relationships with your donors and raise more money for the causes you champion.
After stepping down from her roles at GMS, she created a a consulting firm which focussed on assisting non-profits with major donor funding development. In 2013, she rebranding her consulting firm as the "Art of Ask" and offered 2 workshops a year. Presently, she is concentrating on consulting as it gives her an opportunity to work one - to - one with her clients.
Currently, she lives in Portola Valley, CA, with her husband, Tom Malloy, loves hiking and is an avid organic gardener.
Over the years, Kathleen has consistently provided our organization both the tools and highly-personalized advice that have enabled us to exceed our ever-increasing fund raising goals.
— Elizabeth Weal
Founder and former Executive Director
Redwood City, CA
Kathleen's advice was instrumental in the success of our ambitious fundraising campaign. I highly recommend her.
— Catherine Martineau
Palo Alto, CA
Because of Kathleen’s coaching, our team not only understands the value of strategy, storytelling, and stewardship, we also feel excited about asking.
— Rita Mancera
Puente de la Costa Sur
I work with executive directors, development directors, board members and volunteers about how to effectively RAISE MORE MONEY for their causes.
Honor the philanthropist is my fund-development motto. With that in mind, my goal is to listen to donors with empathy, patience, and respect and to explore if there is a good match between the donor’s interests and my cause.
Build relationships is the cornerstone of fund development. My life feels richer, fuller, and more complete as I build relationships based on shared values.
Make the world a better place. The non-profit sector feeds the hungry, alleviates the scourge of poverty, educates our children, uplifts women, protects our environment, supports medical research, and brings the joy of art, music, and theater into our lives. We need to raise money to make our world more humane. Why not learn to raise money well?