About Me

Mark I. Kalish, CFRE


Mark I. Kalish, CFRE

Now, with over 36 years of experience in fundraising, marketing, communications, and management in the not-for-profit sector, Mark Kalish founded the fundraising and non-profit consulting firm of Kalish & Associates, Inc. in 1998 to capitalize on his management and development skill set to assist a broad range of nonprofits to meet today's challenges.

Kalish has served as Vice President of Institutional Advancement at Hunter College and as Vice President and National Campaign Director of the American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science, where he managed a 49-person major gift staff in 14 offices across the country raising $74 million during his tenure. Prior, he was Director of the Northeast Regional Office of The Johns Hopkins University and Hospital for ten years, serving as a key member of the development staff during two capital campaigns, which together raised over $2 billion.

His other development experience includes positions at New York University, where he served as chief development officer for the undergraduate business school (now Stern School of Business) and then led the alumni relations and annual-giving programs for the university's 13 schools and colleges. Kalish also served as the chief development officer for the New York Hall of Science, where he established the development office and prepared for an $8 million capital campaign. He began his fundraising career working for two Girl Scout councils: one in Washington, D.C. and the other on Long Island.

An active leader in the fund raising profession, Kalish has served as a member of the board of the national AFP Foundation for Philanthropy, the Greater New York Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), and the Philanthropic Planning Group of Greater New York (PPGGNY). Currently, he serves as a member of the Board of Advisors of the Fundraising Management Program at Columbia University where he is also a faculty member. Kalish has been a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) since 2001.

Kalish graduated from the State University College at New Paltz and has a Master's in Public Administration from Baruch College of the City University of New York. He holds a Certificate in Fund Raising Management from Adelphi University.

In addition to his professional positions, he has served as President of the New Paltz Alumni Association and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the SUNY New Paltz Foundation. He is a recipient of the Association's Distinguished Alumni Service Award.