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Building Community and Connection to Drive Women's Philanthropy

Kathryn Munro and Mindi Laine

Wednesday, September 25
10:00 – 11:00 AM

Session Description 

Drawing on extensive research and analysis of what motivates women philanthropists, Dartmouth College initiated the Dartmouth Centennial Circle for Alumnae in 2014, which now includes over 230 women who have made gifts of $100K or more to the annual fund. By effectively building programming around community and connection through the Centennial Circle, Dartmouth’s success in women’s philanthropy has inspired our alumnae to proactively establish new and ambitious fundraising goals for themselves.

About the Presenters

Kathryn Munro
Executive Director of Recognition and Stewardship
Dartmouth College

Kathryn Munro is the Executive Director of Recognition and Stewardship at Dartmouth College, leading the central stewardship team of nine. She advances the overall institutional approach to recognition and stewardship, with the goal of deepening the relationship that donors of all giving levels and designations have with the College.

Prior to her arrival at Dartmouth in 2018, Kathryn spent sixteen years in advancement at the University of Toronto, during two Canadian record-setting campaigns. She served as the Director of Principal Gifts, where she worked closely with senior leadership and advancement colleagues to develop and manage strategies for engaging and securing gifts from the institution’s most generous donors. Before her time in principal gifts, Kathryn worked with U of T’s Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education as Alumni Development Officer and Manager of Alumni Relations and Advancement Campaigns. She started her career in U of T’s Division of University of Advancement helping to manage donor recognition and campaign special events.

Mindi Laine
Director, Centennial Circle
Dartmouth College

Mindi Laine is the Director of the Centennial Circle, overseeing the women’s leadership philanthropy program at Dartmouth College.
She joined the Dartmouth College Fund as a Managing Director in 2011 before her appointment in 2016 as the first Director of the Centennial Circle. Prior to Dartmouth, Mindi was an Assistant Director of Major Gifts at the Geisel School of Medicine; a Major Gifts Officer at WNET.ORG; and a Development Officer at The Rockefeller University. Mindi brings more than 15 years of nonprofit fundraising experience, with an emphasis on women’s philanthropy, to her volunteer work for various community-focused organizations in Vermont and New Hampshire.

Session Details

Target Audience

Private College/University, Public College/University, Private Secondary School, Healthcare, Religious Organization, Arts Organization, Foundation, Environmental Organization, Advocacy Organization, Social Services, Other non-profit


Suitable for all levels

Shop Size

Suitable for any size shop

Session Keywords

Donor Experience, Donor Retention, Major Donors, Strategy 

Learning Objectives

  1. Insight into what motivates women to give charitably
  2. Ideas for how to proactively tailor donor relations and stewardship programs so that women will be inspired to invest in your institution