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Executive Development

Kirkland, WA
November 17, 2018

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Kenmore, WA 206-***-****


Motivated mission-driven advancement professional who has produced over $75 million in grants and gifts for K-12 and higher education, science, healthcare, and the arts. Passionate leader in launching, growing, and managing 3 corporate and foundation relations and grants development programs. Chief proposal writer for 6- to 8-figure grants and gifts, with proven results. Participant in 3 capital/comprehensive campaigns with superior writing skills and the ability to lead and partner with philanthropies, top executives, volunteers, academic faculty, program staff, stakeholders, and thought leaders on strategy and funding opportunities.

Leadership Experience

Strategic Engagement

Communication Skills

Relationship Building

Budget Development


Corporate Partnerships

Writing and Editing

Donor Databases

Foundation Grants

Interpersonal Skills

Mentoring and Coaching


Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, $13.5M

Rotary Club of Bellevue, $650,000

Cambia Health Foundation, $11.5M

J.P. Morgan Chase, $500,000

City of Bellevue, $2M

William Randolph Hearst Foundation, $500,000

W.M. Keck Foundation, $1.5M

Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, $500,000

M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, $1.2M

Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, $400,000

Microsoft, $1M

The Norcliffe Foundation, $250,000

Mrs. Ann P. Wyckoff, $1M

Aven Foundation, $250,000

Pendleton Charitable Trust, $900,000

Costco, $250,000


Leukemia & Lymphoma Society 2017-2018

National Director of Philanthropy, Northwest Region

National advancement team member, providing strategic direction to establish and grow major gifts programs in 5 chapters spanning 11 states. Initiated and applied fundraising best practices, policies, and training. Represented national organization in stewarding and collaborating with board members, high-level volunteers, and executive leadership for maximum impact.

Measurable Results:

Built and accelerated 5 metrics-driven major gifts programs, including developing and executing robust portfolios totaling over 600 prospective donors.

Assessed positioning and capacity of 5 chapters to increase major gifts revenue; produced recommendations for executive team on staffing, training, resources, and revenue.

Mentored and supported 9 front-line fundraisers and executive directors to identify Top 25 donors, tailor engagement plans, upgrade gift renewals, recruit volunteers, and deepen donor relationships.

Seattle Colleges 2015-2017

Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations

Launched and directed first centralized Corporate and Foundation Relations program for 50,000-student, 3- campus urban community college district. Managed high-capacity donor relationships at $100,000 and above; oversaw proposal development process; provided subject-matter expertise on fundraising methods and best practices; and project-managed and wrote proposals for 6- and 7-figure grants and gifts. Engaged executive team, board members, academic leadership, and external partners in cultivation through stewardship.


Measurable Results:

Created and executed portfolio of 125 Fortune 500 companies and leading local and national foundations with extensive research, engagement, and solicitation plans.

Achieved ROI of 85% over 2 years.

Secured $2.5M in 2 years for scholarships, endowments, job training, and academic programs.

Increased giving and sponsorship levels up to 40%.

University of Washington, UW Medicine 2011-2015

Director for Philanthropy, Corporate and Foundation Relations

Built new Corporate and Foundation Relations role, creating and managing portfolio of 135 qualified prospects with 6-figure capacity or more. Initiated successful donor-driven philanthropic investments, in collaboration with department chairs and key faculty; crafted and employed customized solicitation strategies for campaign goals, priorities, and initiatives; contributed to events, media, gift planning, and university-wide funding strategies.

Measurable Results:

Generated more than $17M in private support for groundbreaking scientific and clinical programs.

Attained 98% ROI over 3 years.

Spearheaded top-level site visits with university, corporate, and foundation leadership, resulting in approximately $10.5M.

Upgraded individual giving and garnered unprecedented grant dollar levels.

Karen Franklin Consulting 2003-2011

Founder and Principal

Results-oriented foundation and corporate development strategist and successful proposal writer for non-profit clients, including: University of Washington, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Pacific Northwest Diabetes Research Institute, Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe, Cancer Research & Biostatistics, Cascade Bicycle Club, and others.

Measurable Results:

Private and government grants totaling more than $10M.

Portfolio design.

Case statements, research, planning, grantwriting, reporting.

Track record of successful business development.


Director of Foundation Relations, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Director of Planning and Grants Development, Tacoma Public Schools


MS, Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

BA, Anthropology, Macalester College, St. Paul, MN


Boards of Directors: Puget Sound Grantwriters Association (PSGA), Bet Alef Synagogue, Northshore Coop Preschool.

Volunteer: Food Lifeline, Northshore School District, PSGA conference committee.

Professional Development: Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), Association of Fundraising Professionals, Rotary Club of Seattle, Philanthropy Northwest, Association of Washington Nonprofits.

Presenter: CASE, PSGA, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

Prizes and Grants: Society of Professional Journalists, Fund for Investigative Reporting, Fund for Constitutional Government.

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