About Me

Mark I. Kalish, CFRE


Now, with over 41 years of fundraising and management experience in the not-for-profit sector, Mark Kalish founded the fundraising and executive search consulting firm of Kalish & Associates, Inc. in 1998 to capitalize on his management and development skill set to assist a broad range of nonprofits in meeting today's challenges.

Before establishing his consulting firm, Kalish served as Vice President of Institutional Advancement at Hunter College and as Vice President and National Campaign Director of the American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science. There, he managed a 49-person major gift staff in 14 offices across the country raising $74 million during his tenure.  Previously, he was Director of the Northeast Regional Office of The Johns Hopkins University and Hospital for ten years, serving as a key member of the development staff during two capital campaigns, which together raised over $2 billion.

His other development experience includes positions at New York University, where he served as chief development officer for the undergraduate business school (now Stern School of Business) and then led the alumni relations and annual giving programs for the university’s 13 schools and colleges. He began his fundraising career working for two Girl Scout councils, in Washington, DC and Suffolk County, NY.

An active leader in the fundraising profession, Kalish has served as a board member of both the AFP Foundation and International Association of Fundraising Professionals (IAFP), as well the AFP New York City Chapter.  He is the recipient of the 2016 Ralph E. Chamberlain Award in recognition of his leadership in the philanthropic sector and commitment to AFP.  He serves as a faculty member of the Nonprofit Management Program, School of Professional Studies at Columbia University.  Kalish has been a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) since 2001.

In addition to his professional positions, he has served as President of the SUNY New Paltz Alumni Association and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the SUNY New Paltz Foundation.  He is a recipient of the Association’s Distinguished Alumni Service Award.

Kalish received his bachelor’s degree from SUNY New Paltz and master’s from Baruch College/CUNY, where he is a member of the Board of Advisors of the School of Public and International Affairs.  He holds graduate certificates in Fund Raising Management from Adelphi University and in Organization Development from the New School.