Karen is a fundraising professional with over thirty years of experience in non-profit administration and development including an expertise in building relationships with major donors to secure meaningful gifts and a lasting commitment to philanthropy. She is a fearless fundraiser who has raised millions of dollars. She has significant experience working with organizations, foundations and philanthropists. Most recently she has served as Chief Advancement Officer for Project Kesher, the largest funder of Jewish women's activism in the former Soviet Union and in the Russian-speaking community in Israel. In that role from 2003 through 2017, Karen instituted a Relationship Management System that transformed the relationship of board and staff with donors, resulting in the quadrupling of the organization's fundraising efforts in the first four years of her tenure. She increased the organization's NYC Annual Benefit revenue from $30,000 to $650,000 and raised over $17 million in revenue.
She is also an experienced facilitator who has developed and trained Boards of Directors, and is adept at advancing the relationship between staff and leadership to obtain maximum results. Working with international charities, including ORT America from 1989 to 2003, Karen developed strategies to connect funders in the United States to overseas’ programming by designing site visits via missions of all sizes, virtual travel opportunities, compelling promotional materials, special events, seminars and more.