The Pittsburgh Foundation

Kate McKenzie Director of Development


Since 2014, Kate has cultivated relationships with donors and their trusted advisors to accomplish the donor’s philanthropic objectives through current and legacy gifts that benefit nonprofits in the greater Pittsburgh region. Kate is also trained in the 21/64 methodology for facilitating multigenerational meetings with families to define and implement their philanthropic goals. She has spoken at numerous national and regional conferences about innovative methods for bringing professional advisors and clients together to develop charitable giving strategies.

Before joining the Foundation, Kate worked in higher education for nine years. She spent five of those years raising major gifts, specifically endowed scholarships. She earned her doctorate in 2012 in information systems and communications. Her research explored fundraisers’ perceptions of social and professional media for prospect research purposes. In 2014 she was named a Fast Tracker by the "Pittsburgh Business Times." She has an MS in organizational leadership from Robert Morris University and a BA is in Public Relations from Westminster College. Kate is a graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh, Inc.’s Leadership Development Initiative Class XXIII, serves on the PNC YMCA Board of Advisors, and is a member of the Advisory Committee on Community Based Organizations (ACCBO) for the City of Pittsburgh. She is also a member of the Estate Planning Council of Pittsburgh. She is a life-long athlete, a three-time marathoner and a mom.