Director, Donor Relations
Keely is responsible for developing stewardship, cultivation and recognition strategies that build enduring relationships between donors and The San Diego Foundation.
She leads a team of four charitable giving professionals to provide more than 1,000 fund advisors with outstanding customer service, philanthropy advising expertise and grantmaking resources. She and her team also offer insights on charitable giving strategies that enable donors to leave a lasting legacy for their community.
Prior to joining The Foundation, Keely led consulting projects in Phoenix that focused on strategic planning for nonprofit organizations. Before that, she spent seven years as a director of San Diego State University’s Lavin Entrepreneurship Center, where her responsibilities included directing a forum for early stage CEO’s as well as a program that matched MBA interns with more than 200 regional nonprofits. Keely earned her BA in International Political Economy from UC Berkeley, and her MBA from SDSU. She is also a member of the Association of Donor Relations Professionals, has a Certificate in Fundraising Management and is trained in multi-generational family philanthropy facilitation.