Maximizing Outcomes

Maximizing Outcomes

Philanthropy Unboxed: Smarter Ways to Make a Lasting Difference with Kate McKenzie, CAP® (Ep. 36)

November 17, 2023

How can you make a lasting impact on the causes you care about most? Find out how to create a philanthropic plan that can span generations while also helping to pass on your values to your kids and grandkids. 

Join host Jim McGovern as he sits down with Kate McKenzie, the Senior Director of Development at The Pittsburgh Foundation. They open the charitable giving toolbox and unveil lesser-known paths to philanthropy. From simply writing checks to establishing a donor-advised fund, a charitable trust, or a private foundation, this episode will reshape how you view giving.

In this engaging episode, Jim and Kate discuss:

  • Why higher income and higher net worth families are motivated to be philanthropic.
  • How to incorporate charitable giving strategies as your net worth grows.
  • The transformative potential of Donor-Advised Funds (DAFs) in legacy planning
  • How to optimize tax benefits and retirement planning for greater charitable influence
  • Innovative ways to use your IRA or life insurance for charitable causes
  • Why philanthropic planning should involve your team of professionals
  • And plenty more insights!

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About Kate McKenzie:

Kate has cultivated relationships with donors and their advisors, understanding how important the value of trust is when individuals and families are making current gifts or setting up legacy plans. She is trained in the 21/64 methodology for facilitating multigenerational meetings with families to define and implement their philanthropic goals. Kate works with trusted advisors to help donors meet their charitable goals and 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, with part of her focus on raising major gifts, specifically endowed scholarships. She earned her doctorate in information systems and communications. Her research explored fundraisers’ perceptions of social and professional media for prospect research purposes. She has a Master of Science in organizational leadership from Robert Morris University and a Bachelor of Arts in public relations from Westminster College. Kate is a graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh Inc.’s Leadership Development Initiative Class XXIII and is also a member of boards of HEARTH and the Estate Planning Council of Pittsburgh. Kate is a life-long athlete, a five-time marathoner and a mom.