Revising what’s possible
in the women’s philanthropic and leadership space.
Learn more about Kathleen
I am a catalyst to help accelerate and scale women’s philanthropy. I help organizations adapt their fundraising practices to engage women.
I provide a unique offer for nonprofit leaders to successfully deliver on commitments. My focus is on leadership practice, not theory. In relationships, strategy, processes and communication, those that I coach act with 85% more successful outcomes.
In an era of declining alumni participation and greater dispersion of philanthropy, colleges and universities need to redouble efforts to engage all members of the alumni body, particularly since many institutions have historically underserved women. Doing this successfully requires thoughtful and intentional design and execution, but it begins with training and re-training staff who may not know how to do this effectively. Kathleen Loehr is, quite simply, the expert in women’s philanthropy and she worked with me and our executive leadership team in advancement to design and execute a first-rate training for our entire team. She worked hand-in-hand with us throughout the process and skillfully helped the entire advancement team understand, collaborate, and design new fundraising practices to more deeply engage women and begin to grow their philanthropy for William & Mary. Kathleen’s training model helped our advancement leadership first to learn and apply a highly effective whole-systems model and then for all of our advancement staff to commit to a well understood and agreed upon direction for women’s philanthropy at the university, together with a systemic, detailed plan of action to achieve this.- Matthew T. Lambert, Vice President for University Advancement, William & Mary
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 very time we interact.- Andrea Pactor
Thank you very much for the excellent program at the CASE conference for Women’s Philanthropy programs. It was very useful with great data and several concrete take-aways. We’ll definitely use these as we move forward. Thank you for your efforts to raise awareness of the missed opportunities.- Noel Schulz, Associate Dean of Engineering and Graduate Programs, Kansas State University
I wanted to share with you how Leadership Sanctuary has changed my life. First, my experience helped me move to a place where I could see the power and potential of my own leadership. That set the stage for me to leap into this Executive Director role. I am just seven weeks in, but it is a great fit and next step for me and I am proud that I am living my declaration in this exciting way! So thanks for leading this program that has quite literally rocked my world.- Julie Green, New Futures DC
Working with Kathleen as our consultant when we launched the Women & Philanthropy Initiative at William and Mary was both delightful and extremely informative. Her professionalism allowed her to be successful whether gathering information from some of our most important women or sharing her recommendations with leadership at the College. She quickly came to understand the culture of the William and Mary community and then to position herself to share her deep knowledge effectively with multiple audiences. We are pleased to continue to benefit from her knowledge, her advice and her network of others working in the field.- Sue Roache Warner, Director of Volunteer Management, College of William & Mary
Kathleen is a brilliant coach, mentor, leader, and manager. Kathleen is practical, intuitive, and experienced. Kathleen helped me think about the depth, width and height of my personal performance in order to be strategic, resilient and calm in the face of challenge. Kathleen’s coaching has been transformative for me.- Sarah Gillman, Nonprofit Leader
Kathleen was a terrific resource and asset to us as we launched our planning for William & Mary’s Women & Philanthropy initiative. She provided valuable knowledge about resources for our work, other programs and key contacts. She was instrumental in guiding us through the planning and research stage and then helping us formulate our strategic plan based on our findings and goals. She has continued to share her expertise and guidance as we begin to implement the plan. We consider her a vital partner in the success of our work to date.- Lee Foster, Executive Director of Principal Gifts & Foundation Operations, College of William & Mary
Kathleen was my coach for eighteen months, beginning in 2011. It is now 2015, and I still hark back to the lessons and experiences of my time with her. Her coaching is unique in its depth, personalization, focus on the mind-body connection, and provision of techniques (both mental and physical) that will stay with you for a lifetime. I really can’t say enough about how my time with Kathleen supported my evolution to becoming a stronger, more grounded person overall, a more effective leader and, most importantly, more able to handle the ups and downs of a challenging, ambitious career. If you have the wonderful opportunity to work with a coach, I highly recommend Kathleen. You will not regret your decision!- Chris Samuel, Sr. Director, Global Sponsorship Business Development, Save the Children US
Kathleen has a deep history and expertise in women’s philanthropy. She approaches the work holistically, working with both the women and institutions so as to tap into the growing resources that women have to offer. I’ve been pleased and proud to recommend her because she is thoughtfully building on the work that Sondra Shaw-Hardy and I started. In addition, Kathleen is addressing the integrated and practical behaviors and metric conversations needed today for successful and sustained women’s philanthropy across the country.- Martha A. Taylor, Vice President, University of Wisconsin Foundation
Kathleen is an inspiring, experienced and patient coach. I first had the pleasure of working for her at the American Red Cross, and later, benefitting from her guidance as a leadership coach. Kathleen embodies the type of leader I wish to be – confident, grounded, empathetic and humble. And through her coaching, she has taught me the practices and skills that are allowing me to become a leader in my own right.- Heather O’Malley, Development Director, Doorways for Women and Families