Kathleen Kavanagh

Senior Consulting Vice President

One of life's great privileges is the joy of giving.


Kathleen A. Kavanagh, Consulting Vice President , brings to clients more than  40 years of experience as a fundraiser and consultant at a broad range of colleges, universities, independent schools, medical centers, and cultural organizations.

Kathleen works with clients to build fundraising success in ongoing development efforts and in campaigns. She has extensive experience in evaluating current programs; identifying opportunities and solutions for growth; training staff and volunteers; building prospect management programs; developing successful principal and major donor solicitation and stewardship strategies; and guiding the planning and execution of major campaigns. Her extensive fundraising and consulting experience makes her particularly qualified to understand the distinct culture and opportunities in at a wide range of institutions, from complex campus systems to independent schools.

Prior to joining GG+A, Kathleen served as Vice President for Development at Vassar College. Kathleen also led the advancement programs at The Madeira School, The Walters Art Museum, and Dana Hall School.

A published author and frequent speaker, Kathleen has presented workshops and seminars throughout the United States and in Canada, England, and Australia, and is a recipient of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Crystal Apple Award for Exceptional Teaching.

As an active member of the development profession, Kathleen served as a member of the Board of Directors of CASE, served on the 2008 CASE Campaign Standards Working Group that revised campaign counting standards for educational institutions, and chaired and taught at numerous conferences.

Kathleen is a graduate of Sweet Briar College, where she began her career in fundraising, communications, and alumnae relations.

  • Beloit College
  • Blair Academy
  • Brewster Academy
  • Bridgewater College
  • The Bryn Mawr School
  • Bucknell University
  • Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh
  • Charlotte Country Day School
  • Cincinnati Country Day School
  • Columbia University Graduate School of Business
  • Commonwealth School
  • Cornell University
  • Dominican University
  • Dwight-Englewood School
  • Earlham College
  • Episcopal High School of Baton Rouge
  • Far Brook School
  • The George Washington University
  • Grinnell College
  • Hampden-Sydney College
  • Harrow School
  • Havergal College
  • Indiana University
  • Indianapolis Museum of Art
  • University of Iowa
  • Ithaca College
  • James Madison University
  • The Jewish Museum
  • The Johns Hopkins University
  • London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Louisiana State University
  • The Massachusetts Historical Society
  • Mercersburg Academy
  • University of Minnesota Foundation
  • Miss Porter’s School
  • Montclair Kimberley Academy
  • New Hampton School
  • Newton Country Day School of the Sacred Heart
  • Northern Michigan University
  • University of Notre Dame
  • Opera Theatre of St. Louis
  • Oregon Episcopal School
  • Peabody Essex Museum
  • Peddie School
  • The Pingry School
  • Portsmouth Abbey School
  • Punahou School
  • Randolph-Macon College
  • Rhode Island School of Design
  • Royal National Theatre
  • Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
  • Saint John’s School
  • Saint Timothy’s School
  • Salem Academy and College
  • San Francisco Opera
  • Sidwell Friends School
  • The University of the South, Sewanee
  • University of Southern California
  • The University of Southern Mississippi
  • St. George’s School
  • Stockton University
  • The Summit Country Day School
  • Sweet Briar College
  • Temple University
  • Tower School
  • University School of Nashville
  • Vanderbilt University
  • The University of Vermont
  • The Virginia Center for Creative Arts
  • The Virginia Opera
  • Wellesley College Davis Museum of Art
  • Western Michigan University
  • William Penn Charter School
  • The Winsor School

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