Maureen is an energetic development professional with a broad range of experience fundraising in both the non-profit and higher education sectors, to include leadership roles at The National MS Society, The George Washington University Law School, East Carolina University, and Antioch College. Throughout her career she's gained experience in development strategy, major gifts, moves management, annual fund, alumni/donor relations, strategic cultivation, stewardship, day-of-giving programs, development writing, corporate partnerships and more.
Immediately before launching MKFS, Maureen served on the advancement team at Antioch College; a college closed in 2008 but working to re-open as an independent liberal arts college. As the College worked to earn its accreditation, students attended tuition free, meaning advancement efforts were the only source of revenue for the College. Serving as the Senior Director of Development, Maureen gained experience unlike any in her career to date, personally responsible for raising $2M of the College’s $20M annual need, and helping lead the overall development strategy and team. She spent each day thinking creatively and strategically, and being bold and persistent in making the ask, and providing the resources and coaching for her colleagues to do the same. After that “once in a career” experience helping re-open a college, Maureen committed to working with non-profits of all shapes and sizes to solve their own unique fundraising needs.
Since launching MKFS, Maureen has worked with dozens of non-profit clients, both in the US and internationally, to solve their fundraising challenges and improve outcomes.
Maureen prides herself on providing clients with creative solutions underpinned by a foundation of proven strategies. As the Principal Consultant at MK Fundraising Solutions, Maureen seeks to partner with clients to build improved systems, provide fresh thinking and track results to demonstrate ROI. She believes that fundraising activities should be designed to cultivate meaningful and lasting relationships with donors, with the end goal of building sustainable funding solutions for organizations.
Maureen earned her BS in Communications from Ithaca College, and her MA in Education and Human Development from The George Washington University. Maureen serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) DC Chapter, where she co-chairs National Capital Philanthropy Day. In addition to her own portfolio of clients, Maureen is also a Director at Orr Associates, Inc. (OAI) where she has led client teams offering a broad range of fundraising support.