Successful fundraising connects people, builds networks and achieves a vision.
Over two decades of experience provide me with an extensive portfolio of relationships that I connect with my clients to strengthen their mission. I deliver fundraising consultation that brings fresh energy and new leadership and ideas to forward thinking non-profits nationwide.




Audience Development

Direct Solicitation

Membership and Annual Fund Strategy

New Donor and Major Gift Strategy

Patron Travel

Special Event Management and Strategy

Strategic Planning


AIDS Action Committee
Animal Rescue League of Boston
Boston Center for the Arts
Copley Society of Art
deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum
The Esplanade Association
Family to Family Project

Health Leads
Learning Center for the Deaf
Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Membership Consultants
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
New Art Center
Pioneer Works

Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts
Peabody Essex Museum
School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
SITE Santa Fe
She Gives
Trinity Boston Foundation


“I have been working with Karen on and off for over a decade. She has always been my go-to resource when I need strategic support on a fundraising campaign or special event. Karen’s network is deep and her knowledge of the non-profit arts arena is vast. She can quickly get up to speed on the needs and goals of an organization and quickly create targeted and realistic plans for success. She has helped me develop plans for annual fund campaigns, leadership donor societies, and complex fundraising events, and the results are always impressive.”
— Emily Day, Chief Advancement Officer, Boston Center for the Arts




Karen DeTemple is a dynamic fundraiser and super connector with over 25 years of experience with proven track record of success in all aspects of fundraising on a national, regional and local level working with arts, social service and other forward-thinking organizations. She has held senior fundraising positions in-house as well as served clients for the past 13 years as a consultant. Her expertise includes securing funding, strategic planning, influential relationship builder, activating and engaging leadership and partnerships, engaging the next generation of donors, aligning, activating and engaging key stakeholders, and managing all aspects of the strategic execution. She has consistently exceeded goals while adhering to timelines and within budget.

Since 2005 Karen has been the President of Karen DeTemple Consulting based in Boston, Massachusetts where she has focused on fundraising, strategic planning and events for numerous high level clients including AIDS Action Committee’s ARTcetera biennial art auction, deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts, among others. During this time she also co-Founder The Art of Change with Nicole Polletta. A consultancy that focuses on audience development for the international
art world.

Prior to that and for 15 years, Karen worked for some of the nation’s most esteemed cultural institutions including the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; the Exploratorium, San Francisco; The Joffrey Ballet, Chicago; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.

Karen has spoken about her work at the Social Innovation Forum and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. She graduated from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and Art History.  In addition to her passion for the arts and culture, Karen is also a Buddhist yoga teacher who teaches weekly public and private classes in the Boston and leads yoga retreats around the world.



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