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Robin Rosenbluth

Personal Statement

I love working in the nonprofit sector. I like to say, this is how I can make a difference and create positive change in the world. I love helping people navigate their nonprofit careers. I have had the privilege of working for causes that deeply motivate me, and I love it when others can do the same.


Robin H. Rosenbluth is the career coach for the Columbia University Master Program in Nonprofit Management and an adjunct professor teaching Annual Campaigns, Capital Campaigns, and Major Gifts.

She is the Principal Consultant at Advancing Fundraising: Coaching and Consulting. As a coach, she works with fundraisers, career changers, and executive leaders/boards. She also helps coach public speakers. As a consultant, she has experience conducting development audits and fundraising plans, building major gift shops and strengthening board development, corporate and foundation relations, donor stewardship. She has staffed feasibility studies for capital and endowment campaigns and recruited senior development staff. She works with nonprofits in the U.S. and abroad. She also is an adjunct professor at New York University and conducts sessions at the Support Center for Nonprofit Management. She has been and is a frequent speaker at national and international fundraising conferences. She recently served on the board of Women in Development (WID) and as the co-chair of the WID luncheon program committee.

Before launching her own firm, she has thirty years of experience in the nonprofit sector. She recently served as the Deputy Director of Philanthropy at The Nature Conservancy in New York, where she raised principal gifts in the New York metro market. She previously served as Assistant Vice President for Development at the Columbia University Medical Center, where she oversaw fundraising for medical research during the school’s $4 billion capital campaign. She also worked as the Assistant Vice President for Continuum Health Partners where she managed institutional giving for four New York hospitals. She was the Development Director of the Ms. Foundation for Women and has held other positions at the Brooklyn Museum, the Jewish Museum and other environmental and women’s organizations.

Rosenbluth received a B.A. in sociology and economic development from Friends World College, where she studied in Europe, East Africa, and Central America. She has traveled widely and has helped train international organizational leaders – boards and senior staff – in applying aspects of the U.S. fundraising model.