Kenda Lovecchio



Kenda Lovecchio joined our team last month, with more than 16 years in nonprofit fund development in the arts and culture and education sectors. She provides experience in prospect research and management; corporate, foundation and government grant writing; board and volunteer engagement; special event management; and major gift expertise. She consults with area nonprofits to develop cases for support, best development practices, and compelling grant proposals.

Marion Lee said, “Kenda brings a breadth of experience to the Lee + Associates team. She has significant skills in working with people and organizations to help solve problems. In addition, her energy and enthusiasm for nonprofit work is a true benefit.”

Prior to moving to Austin in May of 2016, Kenda served as Director of Advancement for Chicago Children’s Choir, where she raised more than has ever been raised in the 60-year history of the organization. She also was a member of the development staff for The Field Museum of Natural History, where she served as Corporate Relations Program Officer and as a Major Gifts Officer.

Kenda gained her grant writing experience at the Center for Community Arts Partnerships at Columbia College Chicago, where she was responsible for raising 80% of the Center’s $3.5M budget via grant support. Her fundraising career began at Northwestern University as development associate in the corporate department of University Advancement. Two years later she was promoted to oversee the Office of Prospect Management during the University’s $1.5 billion campaign.

She served on the board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) in Chicago from 2009-2013, and was the Chair of the Program Committee in 2012-2013. She is a recent member of the AFP Austin Chapter, and leads a mentorship initiative for development professionals.

Kenda earned her B.A. in Theater from Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa. In 2000, she co-founded a theater company in Chicago, where she served as Managing Director, and established the organization’s nonprofit status. She was an adjunct faculty member for the Arts Entertainment and Media Management Program at Columbia College Chicago, and taught fundraising and management at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.

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