During a 25-year career in higher education, healthcare and arts & culture organizations, Kathleen Watson has built significant experience in leading institutional advancement programs. She brings to clients hands-on experience in capital campaign planning and execution, major gift fundraising, prospect identification and cultivation, Board and staff development and program design. She joined Schultz & Williams in 2005.
Among Kathy’s recent S&W clients are: Abington Health, where she conducted a campaign planning study and provided counsel for the Hospital’s $32 million Centennial Campaign; serving as counsel for American Friends Service Committee’s $35 million campaign; Main Line Health, working in a variety of roles for the System’s four acute care hospitals; Philadelphia Zoo, planning and implementing a $32 million capital campaign for a new children’s zoo; Natural Lands Trust, planning and providing counsel for the Trust’s $10 million campaign for endowment and engagement; and the Museum of the American Revolution, where she has provided counsel and staffing for the Museum’s landmark $150 million campaign.
Prior to joining S&W, Kathy was vice president for development at the Kimmel Center, where she built the first comprehensive development program for this new $275 million performing arts center. Under Kathy’s leadership, the Kimmel Center raised more than $35 million for capital programs, endowment and operations. From 1994 to 2002, she served as vice president for development at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia where she successfully led the $110 million Campaign for The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia – at the time, the largest campaign ever conducted by a pediatric hospital. From 1981 to 1993, she held a variety of development roles at Thomas Jefferson University, a major Philadelphia academic medical center, and worked as a prospect researcher at the University of Pennsylvania.
Kathy is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. She was designated a Certified Fund Raising Executive in 1985 and was named “Fundraising Executive of the Year” by the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals in 1997. She is a frequent speaker on campaign planning, major gift fundraising, prospect identification and professional development.