Kathleen Bennett

Kathleen knows fund development both as a philanthropist and a fundraiser.

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 workshop 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.

Before founding GMS, Kathleen taught middle school and worked as a technical writer in Silicon Valley. She lives in Portola Valley, CA, with her husband, Tom Malloy, loves hiking and is an avid organic gardener.

As Founder of The Girls’ Middle School

  • Raised over $2 million during start-up phase and $8 million over all.
  • Recruited an advisory council of 36 prominent educators, technology professionals, and community activists.
  • Recruited and managed 150 volunteers to bring the school to fruition in the fall of 1998.

As Head of The Girls’ Middle School

  • Developed and oversaw a $2 million annual school budget.
  • Hired, mentored and evaluated all faculty and staff.
  • Managed fund development.
  • Managed community liaison, marketing and public relations: GMS was featured in The New York Times, Newsweek, Teacher Magazine, CBS Sunday Morning News, KQED Forum, San Jose Mercury News, San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, as well as 50 other news articles, TV and radio broadcasts.

As an Active Community Member

  • Serves on the advisory council of Sequoia Adult School Scholars.
  • Volunteers as a docent at the Stanford University Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve.
  • Is a member of the American Association of Fundraising Professionals.
  • Formerly served on the fund development committee of the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California where her enthusiasm for fund development was noted in the news article, “Kathleen Bennett, Ace Volunteer Fundraiser”.

As a Strong Advocate for Young Women

  • Served as a commissioner to the American Association of University Women’s National Commission on Technology, Gender and Teacher Education, which resulted in publication of Tech Savvy: Educating Girls in the Computer Age, 2000.
  • Received the Status of Women Award from the Mountain View/ Los Altos AAUW chapter.