Karen Donahue Robinson
Senior Director for Philanthropy
Karen joined the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) advancement team in June 2015. She works with the communications team, executive team, board, faculty and, in collaboration with UW Medicine Advancement, UW academic leaders and volunteers for overall development programs for IHME. She helps manage a major gifts strategy for IHME as part of UW Medicine’s comprehensive campaign and provides leadership and direction for critical and high-profile programs that support fundraising programs.
Karen is passionate about engaging donors and securing resources to address critical issues around the world, particularly those impacting the health and well-being of the most vulnerable populations in our global community. Karen has served as the director of development for Mercy Corps, a global relief and development organization, director of major gifts for United Way of King County and director of development for the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras. She began fundraising as a Peace Corps volunteer in the outer islands of Yap State in the Federated States of Micronesia. Karen received a B.A. in political science from Westminster College in Fulton, Mo., and a master’s degree in international administration at the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vt. She received a CFRE in 2004.