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Mark Kalish


Mark I. Kalish, CFRE, is the founder and president of Kalish & Associates, Inc., a full-service fundraising consulting firm specializing in capital campaigns, executive search, and strategic planning he established 18 years ago. Prior, he served as vice president of institutional advancement at Hunter College, vice president and national campaign director of the American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science, and director of the Northeast regional office of Johns Hopkins University and Hospital, during two capital campaigns that together raised over $2.1 billion. His other development experience includes senior positions at New York University where he led the alumni relations and annual giving programs for the University and served as chief development officer for the undergraduate business school, and the New York Hall of Science.

Kalish has served on the boards of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy. He holds a B.A. from the State University of New York at New Paltz, an M.P.A. from Baruch College, and a Certificate in Organization Development from The New School. In 2016, he was recognized with the Ralph Chamberlain Award presented annually by the New York City Chapter of AFP for his leadership in the philanthropic sector and commitment to AFP.

“I also graduated from one of the first certificate programs in fundraising management from Adelphi University in 1976, and realize the potential that an advanced degree can provide students who want a career in the nonprofit sector,” says Kalish. “That is one of the reasons I believe in the Columbia program — to educate a new generation of students to lead the future of the third sector.”