Katharine DeShaw


Katharine DeShaw is a consultant and teacher devoted to best practices in philanthropy and nonprofit management. Ms. DeShaw has led successful grant- making programs and delivered record-breaking fundraising campaigns for arts, health, and social service-related causes throughout her career. She has proven expertise working with international leadership from the fields of philanthropy, technology, business, politics, and entertainment. She has experience in all areas of nonprofit philanthropy, including crowdfunding. She is currently writing a book about her life in philanthropy to be published by the web platform NationBuilder in 2015.

Current/recent clients: The Actors Gang (founded by Tim Robbins); The Actors Fund; Advertising Research Foundation; AltaSea; American Song (a radio play series featuring Sigourney Weaver, Frances McDormand, David Hyde Pierce, among others); Arts for LA; CicLAvia; Fractured Atlas; the Getty Leadership Institute; Headlands; Heal the Bay, Kravis Leadership Institute; Moss Family Foundation; Los Angeles Arts Center (a partnership of The Actors Fund, Artspace and L.A.’s Department of Cultural Affairs); L..A. Dance Project (founded by choreographer Benjamin Millepied); Museum of Latin American Art; Susan and Leonard Nimoy Foundation; Shakespeare Central; Street Poets; and the Youth Policy Institute, which recently secured a Promise Zone designation from President Obama, a potential $500M investment in L.A.’s poorest neighborhoods.

From 2005–2013, she served as the Founder and Executive Director of United States Artists (USA) and its crowdfunding site USA Projects (now HatchFund). She has held senior positions at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Walker Art Center, Gay Men’s Health Crisis, the Multiple Sclerosis Society, and Twyla Tharp Dance.