Kathleen A. McDermott
Business Development Manager, Director of Nonprofit Advisory Services

Kathleen McDermott

Business Development Manager, Director of Nonprofit Advisory Services

Kathleen A. McDermott serves as Business Development Manager and Director of Nonprofit Advisory Services.

As Business Development Manager, she works with executives, regional directors, and service line directors to develop strategies to achieve business development milestones. 

As the Director of Nonprofit Advisory Services, Kathleen is responsible for working with nonprofit clients in the areas of planning, fund development, and governance. She has worked in the nonprofit management industry since 1994.

Having previously raised over $30 million in annual fund campaigns, capital campaigns, grant proposals, and other fund raising activities, Kathleen has extensive experience managing nonprofits, strategic planning, implementing fund raising campaigns, and working with nonprofit Board of Directors. Her executive experience provides her with detailed insights on the function of a nonprofit’s investments, the obligations of executives and board members as fiduciaries, and working with finance committees and investment advisors.

Kathleen joined McKinley Carter following a successful tenure as President of Oglebay Institute, one of Wheeling’s largest nonprofit organizations. She has also served as a consultant for many regional nonprofits including The Oglebay Foundation, Tamarack Foundation, WV Education Alliance, Wheeling Jesuit University, YMCA of Wheeling, and more.

Kathleen has a Master in Arts Management from the Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Dickinson College. She earned the CFRE - Certified Fund Raising Executive (inactive) and participated in numerous nonprofit continuing education courses including Commonfund’s Endowment Institute at Yale University.

In 2012, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin appointed her as a Commissioner to the WV Women's Commission. She has been recognized in Ogden Newspaper's "Face of the Future" in 2007 and was also a member of The State Journal's "Generation Next: WV's 40 under 40" in 2008.

Community Involvement

  • Board – YWCA of Wheeling
  • Board – Wheeling Landscape Commission
  • Board and Member – Rotary Club of Wheeling Member of the Women’s Giving Circle of the Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley
  • Member – Wheeling Symphony Auxiliary
  • Member – Junior League of Wheeling Sustainers
  • Member – Association of Fund Raising Professional (National and Western PA Chapter)
  • Member – Partnership for Philanthropic Planning
  • Member – Pittsburgh Planned Giving Council

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