Karen is a strong advocate for donor centered fundraising and believes it is the key to building long term sustainable funding for nonprofit organizations.
With over 25 years of experience in fund development, Karen has worked with diverse donors, ranging from those with modest means to individuals with a capacity to make transformational donations, including gifts from their estate. She has successfully managed several capital campaigns and been a mentor for fund development staff and volunteers. She is a strong strategic thinker. This strength combined with her persuasive interpersonal skills has contributed to her success in working with key stakeholders to secure philanthropic support.
Karen recently retired from the Wood’s Homes Foundation where she worked for 9 years as their Director of Development and then as a Philanthropy Advisor. During this time, $20 million was secured under the guidance and leadership of Karen, of which $10.1 million was secured through the NEVER Give Up capital campaign. This campaign was pivotal in the establishment of the Wood’s Homes Research Chair in Children’s Mental Health in partnership with the University of Calgary (U of C).
Prior to working at Wood’s Homes, Karen was the Director Development for the Faculty of Education at the U of C and a Senior Development Officer at SAIT where she played a key role in securing a $10 million gift from an alumnus, which at the time was the largest gift from an individual donor.
Karen has been an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) since 1999. She received her Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation in 2003 and is a past Chair of the Southern Alberta Roundtable of the Canadian Association of Gift Planners (CAGP). Karen has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Alberta.
Karen’s personal philosophy is to live her life with a heart of gratitude and an attitude of service.