Kristen Paulson

Advancement Strategist

Meet Kristen Paulson

Kristen Paulson has been engaged in development of K-16 schools for over 15 years. She is passionate about connecting donors to an organization’s mission and inspiring their generosity. Her children are the fourth generation in her family to be in Christian schools, and her love for supporting the mission of Christian education continues to be a driving force in her career.

Kristen began her career at Harvard University working for the Harvard College Fund on annual giving and leadership giving programs. She was the first Director of Development at Park Street School in Boston, where she helped create the school’s annual fund and finish a building campaign. She was also the Director of Development at Delaware County Christian School outside of Philadelphia. There, she was responsible for the annual giving program and designated giving to projects and endowment.

In addition to serving clients through Generis Total Advancement Solutions, Kristen is the Associate Director of Development at the 150+ year old all-girls Agnes Irwin School in Pennsylvania, overseeing the annual fund, a robust alumnae program, and Parents’ Council.

In her spare time, Kristen volunteers as a facilitator for Women Doing Well, a faith-based non-profit that encourages women in their purpose and plan for biblical generosity. Kristen also loves to cook and host dinner parties, she is happiest when her table is full of friends, family and good food, there is always room at her table!

SERVICES

  • Campaigns
  • Interim Leadership
  • Major Giving Program Development
  • Development Assessment

No matter the size of your God-inspired dreams, it can be daunting to think about chasing down the necessary resources. The truth is that while vision almost always exceeds current realities, the means to support your vision is within your grasp. 

With Generis, you’re not alone. Our customized Campaign approach will help you assess, rethink and reframe your current reality, allowing you to reach your specific goals while also establishing a foundation for increased generosity overall.

Good fundraisers are hard to find, and organizations often need interim assistance with their development programs during periods of staff vacancies. Our team members can fill any open role from Chief Development Officer to Major Gift Officer to Annual Fund Director. We can also help you build a position profile for your open position and assist with the interview process. Don’t lose momentum while you search for permanent staff—let us fill the gap.

Most organizations receive about 80% of their funding from about 20% of their donors. Do you know who those donors are for your organization, and do you have a customized plan to maximize giving from those key individuals? We’ll help you identify those givers, create unique strategies to engage with them, and provide coaching for staff and board members who will be involved in the process. We can help develop and/or enhance major gift programs for organizations of any size.

A highly functioning development program allocates its resources strategically to ensure that annual operational funds, capital campaigns, and planned gifts are all contributing maximum funding towards overall financial goals. We’ll dig deep into your giving data, evaluate print and online communications, explore mission/vision alignment with fundraising processes, assess the return on investment (ROI) of your events, explore staff roles, and make customized recommendations for strengthening your development program.

RESOURCES

Contact Kristen Wunderly Paulson