The Boston Foundation promotes Kate Guedj to Vice President for Development and Donor Services

January 2, 2013

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BostonThe Boston Foundation, Greater Boston’s community foundation, has promoted Kate Guedj to the role of Vice President for Development and Donor Services.

The promotion was announced by Paul S. Grogan, President and CEO of the Boston Foundation. It is effective January 2, 2013. Guedj formerly served as Vice President for Philanthropic and Donor Services.

“Kate has a long background in community foundations, and in her 12 years here at the Boston Foundation she has proven herself a talented, effective leader of our donor services effort and a number of successful initiatives,” said Grogan. “Placing our development and donor services efforts under her leadership will improve coordination, enhance communication and create new team synergies. I am confident in her ability to lead this department as we prepare the Boston Foundation for its second century.”

Guedj joined the Foundation as Director of Philanthropic Services in 2000. In 2005 she was made Vice President for Philanthropic and Donor Services.

Before coming to the Foundation, Kate was a senior executive with the Massachusetts Bar Association, overseeing their programs and services. She has also served as Director of the Massachusetts Bar Foundation, and its grantmaking program providing legal services to the poor. She began her career at the Council on Foundations in Washington D.C. as a researcher, and eventually became Membership Director.

Kate is on the governing boards of Associated Grant Makers, EdVestors, the Bruce J. Anderson Foundation and the Deshpande Foundation. She holds a B.A. with honors in the division of the humanities from Swarthmore College.


The Boston Foundation, Greater Boston’s community foundation, is one of the oldest and largest community foundations in the nation, with net assets of more than $800 million.  In 2012, the Foundation and its donors made $88 million in grants to nonprofit organizations and received gifts of close to $60 million. The Foundation is a partner in philanthropy, with some 900 separate charitable funds established by donors either for the general benefit of the community or for special purposes.  The Boston Foundation also serves as a major civic leader, provider of information, convener and sponsor of special initiatives that address the region’s most pressing challenges.  The Philanthropic Initiative (TPI), an operating unit of the Foundation, offers special consulting services to philanthropists.  Through its services and its work to advance the broader field of strategic philanthropy, TPI has influenced billions of dollars of giving worldwide. For more information about the Boston Foundation and TPI, visit or call 617-338-1700.