Kathleen Loehr

I know that organizations have only touched the tip of the iceberg in terms of women’s philanthropy. My focus on how women approach philanthropy differently has come out of thirty-five years of experience with fundraising, including hundreds of direct conversations with high-capacity women donors. I wrote the nationally referenced book, Gender Matters. A Guide to Growing
Women’s Philanthropy,
on why gender matters in philanthropy and have developed a comprehensive approach that yields consistent results for organizations that follow through.

I have guided the women’s philanthropy strategies at William and Mary, Duke University, University of San Francisco, Purdue University, James Madison University, North Carolina State University, The Jewish Federations of North America, Young Life, American Red Cross, Save The Children, the National Coalition of Girls Schools and dozens more.

I continue to be driven by how much potential is still untouched, and how many donors, representing billions of dollars and uncounted volunteer hours, are missed entirely simply because fundraising approaches were designed for the pro-typical donor of the 1970s.

I hope you’ll join my bold declaration that Gender Matters in philanthropy. There is nothing right or wrong about how women give, lead, network or innovate. It is just different.

Let’s share our experiences, questions, failures and adaptations for the sake of growing more time, treasure, talent, ties and testimony from women of all backgrounds for our missions. We have important challenges to solve in our society, and women of all backgrounds are the missing ingredient to accelerate the change we seek.

More than work has shaped my focus on women’s philanthropy. Growing up in a family of 10, I drew many life lessons from my mother’s leadership in our family and community.

My awe of the tenacity and creativity of women came from living abroad and extensive travels in Africa, Europe and Central/South America, where I witnessed human dignity in the face of extreme poverty. My self-awareness and compassion for others was shaped by deep work with the Hoffman Institute and the Strozzi Institute.

Finally, my strong stand for a culture of inclusion comes from honoring and learning more about the wide diversity in my big, blended family as well as across my clients and communities.

I’ve had articles and/or been quoted in the following publications:
New York Times, Chronicle of Philanthropy, Trusts & Estates and CURRENTS magazines.

WOW!… The depth of your knowledge about women and philanthropy, your vision to move this work forward, and your passion for it create such positive energy…. It is an honor to work with you. I learn something new every time we interact.”

Andrea Pactor
Former Director, Women’s Philanthropy Institute, Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, Indiana University

I partner with the following organizations
and highly recommend them:

I partner with the following organizations and highly recommend them: