About Kate DeForest

Kate DeForest has worked in the development field for over 20 years and currently serves in a dual role at Boston University as Director of School Development and Assistant Dean for Development at the School of Social Work. Prior to moving into this role, she served as Director of Advancement at Boston University School of Medicine. In her time at Boston University, she has personally raised over $10 million for professorships, research programs, and scholarship. Before her tenure at BU, Kate worked in both education and healthcare fundraising at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston Latin School Association, University at Buffalo, and SUNY Geneseo. Kate holds a bachelor’s degree in English from SUNY Geneseo and serves as a regional volunteer mentoring students and recent graduates.

New Year, New List

January. The month when people who enjoy making lists are in their glory. On New Year’s Day, I reached out to a friend in my pod to see if she wanted to go for a socially distant walk to welcome the new year. She asked for a raincheck because she wanted to stick around the [...]

By | January 19th, 2021|Blog Posts|0 Comments

The Next Melissa

A quick stroll through my Facebook memories on September 29 reveals that a year ago, I was in Portland, OR. During that trip I met with a 1988 social work graduate. We’ll call her Melissa. It was the first time she’d met with someone from the University. Her most recent gift was $25 in 2009, [...]

By | October 15th, 2020|Blog Posts|0 Comments

Life as a Road Warrior

For many of us in development, taking to the road is a necessary and critical part of the job. We need to fly the friendly skies in order to identify and qualify donors, educate them on the needs of our organizations, and solicit them for transformational gifts. How often have we described a trip to [...]

By | May 18th, 2019|Blog Posts|0 Comments