Kate Harris

Kate Harris

Richner + Richner Aging Services


Ann Arbor, Michigan


Ohio University, B.A.
University of Michigan, M.A.
University of Michigan, M.S.

Kate has over 10 years of fundraising and nonprofit experience as a development professional, program director, fundraising consultant, community volunteer and board member. Her fundraising consulting experience is diverse, with a primary focus in aging services. She is a regular presenter on fundraising best practices and a thought leader as a member of Marts & Lundy’s Aging Services Practice. She is a co-author of the Richner Report – the only national industry benchmarking study on fundraising in aging services. Prior to joining Marts & Lundy, Kate served as Regional Philanthropy Officer for the National Wildlife Federation’s Great Lakes Regional Center.

She was formerly Director of Development for Ann Arbor’s Ecology Center and currently serves on the Alumni Advisory Board for the School for Environment and Sustainability. Her professional experience includes major gifts, annual fund development, stewardship, grant writing, events management, nonprofit leadership and communications.

Kate holds a M.A. in Philanthropy, Advancement, and Development from the Center for the Study of Higher and Post-Secondary Education and a M.S. in Environmental Science from the School of Natural Resources and Environment, both at the University of Michigan. She received her B.A. in French from Ohio University and is trained in leadership, facilitation, cross-cultural dialogue, public speaking and nonprofit management. Kate is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and is a Certified Fund-Raising Executive (CFRE).

When not in front of a computer, Kate spends as much of her free time as she can outside. As a California native, she feels most at home near the beach. Living in Michigan for 10 years, she’s fallen for the beauty of the Great Lakes region. But she still likes her water the way she likes her margaritas – with salt! Kate and her wife love to travel, visit family on both coasts, cook and hike with their dog, Scout.