Kelsey McCarthy, CAP®
Senior Director, Private Donor Services, CAF America
Kelsey McCarthy serves as the Senior Director of Private Donor Services at CAF America. Kelsey began her tenure at CAF America in 2016 working with charity partners and individual donors. Now leading the Private Donor Services team, she manages a team of fund managers and provide support to our donor clients for their cross-border grantmaking. Kelsey's background in grants management, fundraising, community outreach and public health initiatives have helped her in her work at CAF America. One of Kelsey's favorite aspects of her work with donors is to learn about their “why” for giving and their connection to the causes their philanthropy supports. In addition to her work on the Donor Services team, Kelsey is also involved in many staff initiatives at CAF America including our Values, Principles, and Practices working group and our Diversity and Inclusion working group.
Kelsey's interest in public health, community outreach, and fundraising led her to work for a nonprofit healthcare system in Southeast Los Angeles County, where she evaluated the local programs the health system funded, conducted financial reporting of the system’s community benefit activities, and helped oversee the healthcare foundation’s grants management program. Kelsey earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley (Go Bears!) with a minor in Global Poverty and Practice. Through the Global Poverty and Practice minor at UC Berkeley, she received a fellowship to work with a small NGO in Cape Coast, Ghana, where she developed and implemented a peer health education program in a local village.
Kelsey is certified in Anti-Money Laundering (AML/CFT) by the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and is a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy® (CAP®).