Kim Turner, President & Founder
With 25 years of development leadership experience, Kim Turner has a breadth of knowledge and expertise that has shaped her core beliefs about the essentials of fundraising and what it takes to be successful. In each of her roles, Kim has provided executive management expertise and has been instrumental in developing, organizing, and executing all aspects of annual and capital campaigns. Her experience spans a broad range of non-profit fields including higher education, private day school education, arts and culture, healthcare, and human services. Over the span of her career, she has been instrumental in securing more than 100 million in donations. She has been successful in building effective partnerships and collaborative relationships among staff, faculty, administrators, Boards of Trustees, donors, alumni, volunteers, and community leaders. She has worked in development departments ranging in size from one to 35 staff members, giving her a full understanding of and appreciation for the complexities and subtleties of effective fund development.
After graduating from Virginia Tech with a B.S. in Marketing Education and teaching for three years, Kim began her development career at Roanoke College as the Director of Development Services during the college’s $150 million sesquicentennial capital campaign. She moved to Phoenix, Arizona in 1991, where she held several progressively responsible positions including Regional Director for the American Diabetes Association; Director of Development and Public Relations at the Tempe Center for Habilitation; and Director of Administration and Development for the Children’s Cancer Center at Phoenix Children’s Hospital.
In 1998, she was hired as the Director of Development for Guilford College in Greensboro, NC and helped to lead the college’s $50 million capital campaign, which exceeded its goal by $6 million. After completing that campaign and moving back to Roanoke in 2003, she was hired as the Director of Development for the Art Museum of Western Virginia to work on the $45 million capital campaign to build the Taubman Museum of Art and to manage the museum’s annual fundraising campaigns, which grew by 350 percent during her tenure. She left the art museum in 2005 to serve as Director of Development and Alumni Affairs at North Cross School, a private independent day school, before returning to the Taubman Museum of Art in 2011, where she served as Vice President of Institutional Advancement and led all development and marketing activities. Kim is currently President of Turner Fundraising and Associates LLC, which she founded in February 2014. She serves as Board Member and Development Chair for Family Service of the Roanoke Valley and as a member of the steering committee for Compassion Weekend at St. John Lutheran Church. She is a 2013 Roanoke Chamber of Commerce Leadership Roanoke Valley Alumnae and served as a board member for the Association of Fundraising Professionals, First Virginia Chapter from 2004-2009 and as President in 2008.