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Beth Katznelson

Beth Katznelson

Adjunct Instructor

Beth Katznelson is a nationally recognized development professional with over 25 years of experience leading strategic planning, fundraising, management, campaign development and staff and volunteer training initiatives and programs.

She is the founder and principal of Contributing Factor Consultancy, which works with non-profits around the United States to assess and develop fundraising programs, while helping to strategize and strengthen the underlying and critical systems necessary to run a successful development team. Beth specializes in providing a wide range of support from individual and institutional giving to operations and special events. She works to articulate and prioritize tasks, lead and implement donor research, engage and strategize cultivation opportunities and manage and execute all details necessary for maximizing overall revenue.

With a clear understanding that successful fundraising depends on good planning, clear communication and nurtured relationships, Beth serves as a strategic collaborator who brings both structure and creativity to every organization with whom she partners.

Having worked for non-profits based on both the East and West Coasts with a focus in healthcare, social impact and the Jewish community, Beth has launched effective grassroots campaigns, restructured leadership boards, and directed development functions at organizations of all sizes, including growing and leading ADL’s (Anti-Defamation League) National Corporate & Industry Partnership’s Program for 15 years where she successfully built influential relationships and increased revenue by more than 80 percent.

Beth received her B.S. from Syracuse University with a dual concentration in Sociology and Child & Family Studies and her Master’s of Public Administration from the Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs from Baruch College with a concentration in both non-profit management and hospital administration. She is currently an adjunct professor at New York University’s George H. Heyman, Jr. Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising where she teaches courses on annual campaigns, non-profit management and donor analytics. She resides in New Jersey with her husband Zev and twin daughters Julia and Alexandra.

Currently Teaching

Strategies for Donor Analytics, Moves Management, and Prospect Research

As a nonprofit fundraising professional you inevitably amass an incredible amount of fundraising data but you may not know which data is...