Overview

Karol A. Mason is a nonprofit strategist with 20+ years of progressive leadership and expertise in grant writing, corporate/foundation relations, major gifts, public relations, special events, and strategic communications for healthcare, social services, arts/culture, and educational organizations. Karol has a particular interest in harnessing the power of relationships and collaborative opportunities. Making connections, sharing insights, providing strategies for partnerships and business development opportunities are a deep part of her knowledge base. She believes that the strength of any nonprofit, is built upon its internal and external relationships, which are key an organization’s capacity to remain mission-minded and vision forward.

Karol has extensive knowledge in grant writing including federal grants, state/regional RFPs, and corporate and family foundations. She understands the cross functionality of communications and marketing and how they are integral to any organization’s fundraising success. Her insights have supported the growth of grassroots organizations into national models, the development and implementation of successful fundraising plans generating millions in revenue and business opportunities, and the overall improvement organizational efficacy, efficiency, and effectiveness.

Karol is currently working toward her Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy® (CAP®) certification through The American College of Financial Services.

Prior Experience

Karol has served as the Director of Development for the Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium (now called the Black Doctors Consortium), the Associate Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations for The Philadelphia Orchestra, the Director of Hospitality at United Lutheran Seminary (Philadelphia Campus), Grant Writer for the National Adoption Center/Adoption Center of Delaware Valley, Grant Writer for the African American Museum in Philadelphia, and the Chief Speech Writer for CEOs of the Baltimore City Public School System.  Most recently, she was responsible for crafting and developing grant applications for $3 million in Congressional Appropriations via the Community Project Funding process for a newly organized program of a national-model nonprofit.

Recent S&W Projects

  • Corporate and Foundation Relations
  • Message Development and Marketing
  • Business Development
  • Consultant/Staff Training and Knowledge Development

Education

  • Master’s of Divinity – United Lutheran Seminary, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Master’s of Science in Grantmaking & Fundraising – New York University, New York, New York
  • Master’s of Art in Communications – Towson University, Towson, Maryland
  • Bachelor’s of Science in Telecommunications – Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland