Karen Rotko-Wynn, CFRE

Executive Vice President & West Division Manager

“I am dedicated to helping each institution achieve its maximum potential by creating lasting partnerships that will ensure growth and sustainability.”

Karen Rotko-Wynn brings more than 30 years of experience to her work with The Alford Group, where she helps organizations build their philanthropic capacity and trains board members and staff on their roles in that process. She also leads organizations through the cultivation and solicitation process resulting in successful leadership giving campaigns. In her time here, Karen has worked with more than 70 not-for-profit organizations, offering her expertise on major gifts, organizational development, feasibility studies and capital campaigns.

Karen demonstrates her commitment to the not-for-profit community in many ways. In 2019, she became Chair of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) U.S. Foundation Board for Philanthropy and is a member and past president of the AFP Advancement Northwest Board. She is a nationally sought-after speaker on major gift development, capital campaign preparation and strategies, board engagement and building a culture of philanthropy. She teaches the fundraising curriculum at the University of Washington certificate program in not-for-profit management.

Prior to joining The Alford Group, Karen served as director of development and capital campaign at the Seattle Symphony for five years and led the completion of the $159 million campaign to build Benaroya Hall. During her tenure, annual fundraising grew from $3.2 to over $8 million, and as director of corporate giving at Carnegie Hall, she grew corporate support threefold. She also served as director of development at Intiman Theatre in Seattle.

Karen is a member of the Fundraising Management Advisory Board for the University of Washington and is an alum of the 1993 class of Leadership Tomorrow.

Joined The Alford Group: 2001

Select Clients:

  • Seattle Public Library Foundation
  • Blood Bank of Alaska
  • Whatcom Community College
  • PAWS
  • Ryther
  • Center for Wooden Boats
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound
  • Horizon House
  • Village Theatre
  • Intiman Theatre
  • Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center
  • YMCA
  • Community Foundation of Western Nevada

Education & Certifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree (cum laude), Washington State University
  • Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) since 1992
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