Mary Kaufman-Cranney is a 25+ year veteran of fundraising/development. She currently serves as the director of philanthropy for The Nature Conservancy of Washington. Prior to her joining The Conservancy in May of 2010, she served for several years as the director of development for Seattle Opera and 20+ years as head of development with the YMCA of Greater Seattle.
Throughout her career she has directed a dozen campaigns securing more than $200M for work in Washington and around the world.
Some of her key accomplishments include:
• Developed Washington TNC’s major gift program, doubling annual operating support in three years and successfully conducting a $33M comprehensive campaign, exceeding the goal in December 2013; Served as staff lead to the Nominating Committee securing 13 new trustees and developing and implementing a board wide engagement plan; Recently supported the philanthropy team to secure a $26M gift to Africa and is preparing the chapter to launch a $150M campaign in support of their strategic plan.
• Directed three major YMCA capital campaigns securing $60M to build new community Ys. Launched a major gift program for the YMCA of Greater Seattle helping to secure over $50M in commitments for program expansion and served on a team to create the model for major gift work across the USA.
• Reinvigorated a $10M annual campaign and led a $75M comprehensive campaign for Seattle Opera. Over a three year period grew trustee engagement in development from 5 to 50; lead a process to secure 13 new trustees; launched a company-wide messaging initiative; and directed a first time staff campaign.
Mary is active in the philanthropy community having served on the Washington AFP Board for a decade, in leadership roles to AFP’s Major Gift Symposium and chaired numerous community organizations fundraising efforts. She serves on the world wide campaign preparedness committee for TNC’s $4B philanthropic campaign. She also has led numerous trainings around the community and country on development topics.
Mary is married to Tom (of 27 years) and is a mother to two college students. They live in north Seattle, close to the beach and vacation annually in their family cabin in Eastern Washington.