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Ann McGuiness is an exceptionally skilled fundraiser, strategist, and colleague. She particularly shines in developing, cultivating, and deepening relationships with major and potentially transformative donors.  Ann has deep experience in securing major gifts for the organizations with which she works, but perhaps most importantly, she is able to listen to donors, connect to their passion for philanthropy, and partner with them to find the most powerful fit for their gifts.


Aimee Boone Cunningham, Philanthropist and Activist 

[  About Ann  ]


Ann McGuiness is a fundraising professional with nearly 40 years experience working with a variety of nonprofit, political and philanthropic organizations.  Ann brings passion, energy, intelligence, creativity and a strong work ethic to every fundraising engagement.  She is a trusted partner to her clients with a strong track record of success delivering results.


Ann is experienced in all aspects of fundraising, marketing and institutional development for organizations large and small, local, national and international.  She has:

  • Built successful major donor programs;

  • Managed high-yield fundraising campaigns;

  • Organized large-scale fundraising events;

  • Directed multi-million dollar direct mail initiatives;

  • Increased organizational support from foundations and corporations;

  • Completed executive searches for development and management personnel;

  • Led strategic planning processes; and

  • Trained and coached boards of directors and staff leaders in fundraising practices.  


Most importantly, she has spent decades building long-term, productive relationships with donors – matching their philanthropic interests with outstanding programs and organizations.  Ann most recently served as Senior Philanthropy Advisor for Planned Parenthood Federation of America where she spent 12 years working closely with Planned Parenthood’s President, Board of Directors and most significant donors.  In that role, she helped transform the major gifts program into a $27 million a year operation, played a central role in the successful $250 million Second Century Campaign and was the lead strategist and fundraiser for Planned Parenthood’s electoral and advocacy programs throughout her time there.


Earlier in her career, Ann held major development staff positions for NARAL Pro-Choice America, the National Women’s Political Caucus, and Families USA.  She was a member of the national finance staff for U.S. Senator Tim Wirth’s campaign and worked as a fundraiser for several other political campaigns and community-based organizations. 


As a consultant, Ann has had the privilege of working for organizations and causes in which she believes passionately, including: The Interfaith Alliance; CASA Reproductive Health Centre in Mexico; Capital Repertory Theatre; the National Partnership for Women and Families; the Pacific Council for International Policy; Historic Cherry Hill; and the George Washington University Native American Political Leadership Program.                                                          


Ann is a Certified Fund Raising Executive, a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and Women in Development New York.  For several years she was an Adjunct Professor at the College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York and taught the core fundraising course in the Graduate School of Business. 

Ann is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Rewire.News, an on-line daily news publication covering reproductive justice issues.


She earned a Master’s in Public Administration from Columbia University in New York, NY and a B.A. from the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford, CT.

Ann and her family live in the upper Hudson River Valley of New York.

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