Johanna Gurland
Senior Consultant, Institutional and Individual Fundraising

Through her experience in all facets of development, Johanna Gurland has raised over $40 million from foundations and individuals.  Johanna’s passion for fundraising – believing it is the means by which people can participate in things of importance to them and the world they live in – has led her to work with many organizations in the US and abroad.

Her position as founder and principal of her fundraising consulting firm for 20 years is part of a 30-year career in the non-profit world.  She is responsible for a wide range of fundraising services, including fundraising programs directed at foundation, individual, and corporate donors; board development, strategic planning, executive coaching, staff training, and program development.

Johanna has been successfully winning grants for more than 30 years. She has worked with many organizations in most sectors of the nonprofit world to identify prospects and articulate the client’s mission and needs in clear, concise and compelling proposals.  She has secured grants from many national and local foundations including: Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Kresge Foundation, and William Randolph Hearst Foundation. 

Johanna has a graduate degree from Columbia University, New York, and an undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from Windham College, Vermont.  She did graduate work at the Monterey Institute for International Studies, California, and the University of New Hampshire.  Before opening her fundraising practice in 1992, she was the director of development for the Currier Gallery of Art, Brooklyn Law School, and staff fundraiser for Bradford College.

Johanna regularly presents on fundraising topics in the US, and occasionally in the UK and Europe.  A former Senior Fellow of Tufts University’s College of Citizenship and Public Service, she has taught graduate level courses on philanthropy and created special programs for nonprofit CEOs.   As a teacher, she has created and presented workshops on proposal writing and donor stewardship for many nonprofit organizations. 

Johannais an elected member of the Boston Economic Club and co-leader of the Harvard Club Business and Public Policy Discussion Group.  A passionate consumer of arts and culture, she is a member of many museums and cultural organizations, including the Boston Athenaeum, Harvard Art Museums, Historic New England, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Yale University Art Gallery, among others.  She is proud of being awarded a lifetime membership in the National Trust for Scotland for her services to the organization.