Senior Consultant, Fundraising
Kim Gerstman has almost 30 years of experience in development as an innovative strategist with a successful track record creating and managing diverse fundraising programs.
She started consulting in 2015 and her clients have included the Alpha Workshops, BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music), Center for Constitutional Rights, Citizens Union, Interfaith Center of New York, the Innocence Project, JCCs of North America, and Lantern Community Services. She is part of the consulting team of Interim Solutions which provides nonprofit organizations with skilled and experienced development staff – at the Director or VP level – to meet immediate, temporary needs during staff transitions. Her expertise includes major gifts, foundation relations, donor communications, online marketing, direct mail, large-scale campaigns, special events programs, and strategic planning.
Prior to consulting, Kim managed small and large development operations in organizations concerned with global health, the arts, scientific research, social justice and social services. She has held senior development positions with long tenures at the Population Council (2009-2015), American Civil Liberties Union (2003-2009), and NARAL Pro-Choice New York (1994-2003). At Population Council, Kim built a new fundraising program to raise funds from individuals and family foundations and collaborated closely with biomedical and social scientists in the U.S. and 14 developing-country offices. She worked as Director of Major Gifts at the ACLU during a time of immense growth in their annual operating budget and during their Leading Freedom Forward Campaign. As NARAL Pro-Choice New York’s Director of Development, she instituted their special events, foundation grants, and major gifts program, and helped them become a nationally recognized and robust reproductive rights organization. She started her fundraising career at Bailey House (1991-1994) and School of American Ballet (1987-1991).
Kim serves on the Board of NOW-NYC, on the Board of Advisors to Exhale to Inhale, and on the Community Organizing Committee of East End Temple in New York. She is a member of Women in Development. She has a BA from Washington University in St. Louis and an MBA with a specialization in arts management from Binghamton University.