President, Deborah K. Polivy & Associates
Author, The Time for Endowment Building Is Now
Deborah Kaplan Polivy, Ph.D. is the author of the new book, The Time for Endowment Building is Now: Why and How to Secure Your Organization's Future (Roman and Littlefield, 2021). She has also written Donor Cultivation and the Donor Lifecycle Map (Wiley, 2014) and The Donor Lifecycle Map: A Model for Fundraising Success (CharityChannel Press, 2017). She began her professional career at Allied Jewish Community Services in Montreal, Quebec and then helped establish two successful Jewish Federation foundations and also served as the Director of Total Financial Resource Development for the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven. She was the Director of Development for Goodspeed Musicals, the originator of Annie.
Deborah served as a research associate at Yale University's Program on Nonprofit Organizations where she conducted studies on the United Way and corporate charitable payroll deduction programs. She has taught at McGill University, Smith and Trinity (Hartford, Connecticut) colleges and as a consultant she has trained numerous boards of directors as well as development professionals on achieving fundraising success. Her doctoral degree is from The Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University where she is a proud member of the Board of Advisors. Her website is www.deborahpolivy.com.