Kerry Watterson, CFRE

Kerry Watterson serves as Head of Global Philanthropy Services for Fundraising Well. In this role, he leads the philanthropic planning and advising practice at Fundraising Well, and co-leads the fundraising services and coaching practice.  Kerry holds the distinction of being a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), and has won international recognition for his career successes in fundraising and philanthropy. 


Kerry teaches Fundraising Models and Resource Development with University of California-Irvine, and was a lecturere in fundraising and philanthropy with Hunter College for 11 years.  Kerry serves on the Board of Directors and as the Chair of Government Relations & Ethics for the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) NYC, and on the Board of Directors for the AFP USA Political Action Committee, leading lobbying and advocacy efforts for the fundraising profession and field of philanthropy in New York and throughout the United States.


In his 21-year career as a fundraiser and philanthropic adviser, Kerry has secured more than $200,000,000 for nonprofits, political campaigns, and commercial ventures.  He has helped organizations build fundraising programs from the ground up, fine-tune 50-year-old operations, and increase revenue by doubling their number of six- and seven-figure donors, establishing successful partnership programs with Fortune 500 companies, and managing many organizations through executive leadership transitions.  He has also helped many philanthropists and wealth holders direct more than $25,000,000 in investments for the nonprofit and social enterprise sector.


Kerry founded the philanthropy and fundraising consulting firm, Fundraising Well, to help nonprofits and philanthropists develop specific and sophisticated strategies to maximize their impact for good in society and for targeted causes.  In addition to his career in fundraising and philanthropy, Kerry has been a classroom educator and built training programs and education sites around the world. He has also produced, directed, and cast musicals and plays on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and around the country, and has, himself, graced the stage and screen. 


Kerry received his B.A. from Texas Wesleyan University and earned two master’s degrees: M.F.A. in Directing from the University of Arizona, and M.S. in Financial Planning and Analysis. He lives in Jersey City, NJ with his husband and their 14 year old rescue dog, Skipper.  


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