Vice President of Advancement Services
“There is always light. If only we’re brave enough to see it. If only we’re brave enough to be it.” – Amanda Gorman
Keelin Schneider is a Vice President in the Advancement Services practice area at GG+A, where she supports clients with improving the efficiency of their advancement programs in areas such as donor relations, data analysis, operations, and prospect management. She brings more than a decade of experience to the firm, having served in several advancement leadership roles at the University of Chicago and Northwestern University. Her expertise also includes stewardship, event management, and data management.
Prior to joining GG+A, Keelin worked as the Senior Associate Director of Donor Relations for the University of Chicago. During her tenure, she managed all University donor recognition, including giving societies, naming opportunities, plaques, and signage, and spearheaded the stewardship program at the undergraduate school for more than 1,000 donors. Previously, Keelin served in associate director roles in event, stewardship, and prospect management for the University’s Booth School of Business. In these positions, she administered multiple principal and major gift portfolios and analyzed and evaluated Booth’s extensive alumni and prospect pools. Additionally, Keelin supervised and led the data and reporting for the donor relations and strategic events teams, and guided data review, analysis, and strategy to support decision-making for event and stewardship programs.
Earlier in her career, Keelin served as the Coordinator of Campaign Reporting for Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, supporting Kellogg’s prospect management effort, assisting with the production of campaign giving reports, and overseeing all gift and pledge processing.
A professional harpist, Keelin earned her Bachelor of Music in Harp Performance at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She currently serves as the Chair of the Association of Donor Relations Professionals Sponsorship Committee, and as a former member of the Association’s Content Committee. Keelin has also held volunteer roles with the Chicago Park District, the American Harp Society Development Committee, the Partners Program at Old St. Patrick’s Church, and Bell Elementary School in Chicago.