KATHLEEN LOEHR is the principal of Kathleen Loehr & Associates, a philanthropy and leadership practice based in Alexandria, Virginia. Drawing on her 35 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, Kathleen partners with nonprofit leaders and organizations to maximize philanthropy, strategy and leadership by focusing on women.
Kathleen is chair of the Advisory Council for the Women’s Philanthropy Institute at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University. Her women’s philanthropy expertise results from her efforts to engage more women at universities (Cornell University, University of San Francisco, Duke University, The College of William Mary), nonprofits (Women Moving Millions, the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, the National Women’s History Museum), sororities (Alpha Chi Omega Foundation, the Alpha Phi Foundation) and girls’ schools (Louise S. McGehee School). She is also a regular speaker for CASE conferences on women’s philanthropy. Her book, Gender Matters: A Guide to Growing Women’s Philanthropy, reviews the compelling research about how women give and provides practical steps for fundraisers to adapt their practices and grow resources from women.
Kathleen was a C-suite fundraising leader for the American Red Cross, Save the Children, the International Crisis Group and key departments at Cornell University. Other consulting partners have included national nonprofits such as the Girl Scouts, The Salvation Army and the Jewish Federations of North America, as well as community nonprofits serving children, vulnerable families and the homeless.
As a leadership coach, certified through the Strozzi Institute, Kathleen focuses on coaching rising women leaders (and men!) in nonprofits. Her coachees value that she understands their goals and brings empathy, honesty, practical experience and powerful questions to help them make choices that support their visions. Kathleen also is a trusted advisor to nonprofit leaders and family foundations. Through individual and facilitated group work, she helps blend their aspirations to serve the common good with the commitment to create effective and sustained impact. Trained in the change management model of Appreciative Inquiry, Kathleen combines nonprofit and fundraising expertise, coaching and strategy to help families, individuals and groups navigate change.
Kathleen holds a bachelor’s degree in Government from Cornell University’s College of Arts and Sciences. She is a board member for the Center for Disaster Philanthropy and volunteers with several nonprofits.
More than work has shaped Kathleen. Growing up in a family of 10, she learned to effectively build relationships up, down and out. Her humanitarian focus came from living abroad in Bolivia and Italy, as well as extensive travels in Africa, Europe, and Central and South America, where she witnessed human dignity in the face of extreme poverty. She keeps her curiosity alive by paying attention to the questions and passions of the Millenials, Generation Z and children in her big, blended family.