Kathleen Loehr is the principal of Kathleen Loehr & Associates. With thirty-five years of experience in partnership with university and nonprofit leaders, Kathleen became known as a national thought leader and expert regarding the role of women in modern philanthropy. From 2009 until 2021, Kathleen was a member and then chair of the Advisory Council for the Women’s Philanthropy Institute (WPI) at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. She translated the WPI research on how women give into practical actions fundraisers can take. Kathleen’s book, Gender Matters: A Guide to Growing Women’s Philanthropy, was published by CASE in August 2018.
Kathleen helped accelerate the growth of women’s philanthropy by establishing the community of Professionals in Women’s Philanthropy (PWP), which grew from 10 individuals in 2015 having institutional responsibility for women’s philanthropy to over 100 members in 2023. In 2022-23, Kathleen also trained and certified eight individuals in the proven principles and practices of successful women’s philanthropy. These diverse individuals are the founding members of the Women’s Philanthropy Alliance. WPA members are building on Kathleen’s legacy and will lead the further growth of women’s philanthropy across nonprofits, higher education, and community foundations.
Continuing her commitment to grow women’s philanthropy across the nonprofit sector, Kathleen entrusted her effective practices and teachings to the Women’s Philanthropy Institute (WPI) at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University. WPI’s research includes hundreds of data points that illustrate how gender matters in philanthropy. However, the research is just a starting point; it’s what you DO with it that matters. Together they launched the “Proven Practices”, a new, free online resource to help nonprofit organizations learn first steps to connect successfully with future generations of women philanthropists.
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I’ve partnered with the following organizations and highly recommend them: