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Mary O'Kennedy – O'Kennedy Consulting

Mary O'Kennedy set up O'Kennedy Consulting in 2002 in response to an ever increasing need in the Irish market for strategic advice and guidance on management
23 Feb 2021

About O’Kennedy Consulting

Mary O’Kennedy set up O’Kennedy Consulting in 2002 in response to an ever increasing need in the Irish market for strategic advice and guidance on management, fundraising and communications issues across the not-for-profit sector. O’Kennedy Consulting works with an extensive portfolio of clients from the spheres of Education, Arts and Culture, Community Development, Health, Welfare and Overseas Development.

Our Services

  • Organisational Reviews
  • Funding & Business Development Strategies 
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Capital Campaigns
  • Digital Engagement Strategies
  • Donor Research & Profiling - Individuals, Trusts & Foundations, Corporates
  • Legacy Strategies & Campaigns
  • Management & Board Training & Coaching 
  • CSR & Philanthropy Strategies for Companies and Individuals
  • Bespoke Fundraising Workshops
  • Executive Search & Recruitment Services through our sister company CCI Executive Search
  • Build Back Better Programme (In Response to Covid-19)

About Mary O’Kennedy

Mary has over 20 years’ experience of consulting to and fundraising for the not-for-profit sector. She is Director of O’Kennedy Consulting, which provides business development, strategy, fundraising and philanthropy services to organisations across the not-for-profit sector and companies and foundations that support the sector. She began her career in the charity sector with Trocáire, initially working in Honduras and subsequently moving to a fundraising role in the Dublin office. In 1999, Mary moved on to work with the DCU Educational Trust with responsibility for major gift fundraising. In 2001 she left DCU to work for international consultancy firm and in late 2002, she set up O’Kennedy Consulting.

Mary was the founding chair of Fundraising Ireland, the professional network for fundraisers in Ireland (now reconstituted as Charities Institute Ireland). In 2013, she was presented with the Award for Outstanding Contribution to Fundraising and was also short-listed for Business Woman of the Year Award. She is a member and former Chair of EU Consult, the European Association.

Mary is passionate about transforming the NFP sector in Ireland through implementing improved strategies and supporting the growth of the fundraising and philanthropy landscape in Ireland by providing business development and fundraising solutions to charities and by advising individual and corporate donors on effective philanthropy and CSR.

In 2014, she co-founded CCI Executive Search, a recruitment company focused on sourcing the best candidates for the Irish not-for-profit sector. In early 2017, Mary in partnership with Bruce Tait, launched a new recruitment initiative Creative Careers, which aims to recruit the best professionals for roles across the Arts, Heritage, Culture, Media and Marketing sectors.

To arrange an initial consultation, please contact us at:

O’Kennedy Consulting
15 Mount Street Lower
Dublin 2


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