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Kathleen A. McDermott

Business Development Manager and Director of Nonprofit Advisory Services

Kathleen is our business development manager and director of Nonprofit Advisory Services. In her business development role, she helps create and implement strategies to grow the firm in its three service lines. With decades of experience in nonprofit management, she also assists clients with strategic projects in the areas of fundraising, planning and governance. Kathleen is a member of McKinley Carter's Tax and Legacy Planning Specialized Practice Group.

Licensing and Education

  • Master of Arts Management Carnegie Mellon University
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts Dickinson College
  • Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) (Inactive)

Accomplishments and Honors

Kathleen completed Commonfund Institute’s Endowment Institute program at the Yale School of Management. In 2019, she received the Sharp Shooter Award from West Virginia Executive Magazine. She has also been recognized in Ogden Newspapers’ "Face of the Future" and was a member of The State Journal's "Generation Next: WV's 40 under 40.”

Community Involvement

Kathleen serves on numerous boards including the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra, Wheeling Symphony Auxiliary, YWCA of Wheeling, Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley Women’s Giving Circle, the Wheeling Landscape Commission and the W.E. Stone Foundation.

Selected Recognitions

Kathleen’s Articles
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Endowments 101: Three Most Common Endowments and How Nonprofits Use Them

The term “endowment” is often used loosely and in reference to an organization's investable assets. However, there are distinct differences among endowments depending on their purpose and use. Learn more.

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3 Areas of Cybersecurity Risk Pose Concern for Today’s Nonprofits

Cybersecurity is a hot topic these days and news headlines about cyber attacks and hackers are quite common. The nonprofit world is not immune to such attacks. In fact, recent statistics reveal two truths for nonprofits: (1) the frequency of cyber incidents is increasing and (2) nonprofits often lack proper cybersecurity protocols. Find out what areas are most vulnerable for nonprofits and how to safeguard your organization.

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TRUST. CONFIDENCE. INTEGRITY — What It Means to Work with a CEFEX Certified Advisor

McKinley Carter's Nonprofit Advisory Services division has been awarded certification from the Centre for Fiduciary Excellence, LLC (CEFEX) that demonstrates the firm's adherence to fiduciary best practices, signifying conformance to a recognized global standard of fiduciary excellence.

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