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Karen Fernandez

Director of Major Gifts


As NatureServe’s Director of Major Gifts, Karen is building a robust pipeline of philanthropic gifts primarily from major donors.

Karen has worked for 25 years in the national, state, and local non-profit sector with 16 years of experience in senior philanthropy positions as a data-driven frontline fundraiser. Before joining NatureServe, Karen was the NC Development Director for the National Audubon Society, Development Director for Conservation Trust of North Carolina, and the Major Gifts and Planned Giving Officer for the North Carolina Symphony. In her role at NatureServe, Karen brings stakeholders together with an opportunity to financially support the organizational mission with major gifts. Karen grew up in Vienna, VA graduating from the University of Virginia with a BA in psychology and an MS in Child Clinical Psychology from the University of Washington. Karen is an avid hiker, traveler, volunteer, community builder, birdwatcher, and gardener living on a micro-farm in Hillsborough, NC where she is planting a food forest.