Carrie Piraino Donnelly

Executive Vice President & Partner

Campaign Planning & Major/Principal Gifts

Carrie has thrived in development and leadership positions in the nonprofit sector for nearly 10 years. Her passion for connecting donors to the causes they care about drives everything she does. She is almost as passionate about tailoring her approach to your philanthropic goals – whether you’re a nonprofit or corporation, an aspiring philanthropist or a group of benefactors with a shared interest, or something in between. Carrie is continually building her knowledge base by staying informed on trends and emerging ideas, which she passes on to clients. Her goal is to help shape the next generation of philanthropy in this region – and beyond – to foster a more global culture of giving.

Carrie’s background in leadership development positions at the University of Rochester and Rochester Regional Health have given her the experience and skills to engage donors and maximize philanthropic revenue. Her expertise includes relationship building, donor and volunteer management, organizational efficacy and optimization, and goal setting. She has used this to contribute to success in comprehensive fundraising campaigns. Most recently, Carrie led fundraising initiatives for multiple hospitals and services lines across a $2.5B health system. She developed key aspects of a $300M comprehensive campaign. Carrie prides herself on providing strategic direction in creation of a leadership annual giving society, which yielded $1.8M in the first year. She has a proven track record of recruiting and engaging volunteers to function as campaign ambassadors with in a formal campaign cabinet structure. Over the past 5 years, Carrie has independently raised over $2M annually to address priority initiatives for comprehensive fundraising campaigns.

Carrie is a Rochester native, currently living in Pittsford with her husband and two children. She is committed to strengthening our community through volunteerism and personally advocates for children’s health and education. In her spare time she enjoys fitness activities, golf and cooking. She graduated at the top of her class at the University of Delaware, where she earned a B.S. in apparel design and merchandising.