KWC Consulting Ltd was founded by Karen Cairney, a senior executive in the not for profit and Higher Education sectors. Karen Cairney KWC ConsultingKaren has led many major campaigns in the education sector and recently launched an ambitious £100m campaign at Edinburgh Napier. Throughout her career she has personally raised over £200m for the organisations she has served. She has extensive expertise in Campaign and Major Gift Solicitations, Mass Fundraising, Managing Volunteers, Coaching and Leadership, and Engagement Strategies.

Karen has held many senior roles and was until recently the Director of External Relations and Communications at Edinburgh Napier University, where over a ten-year period she had lead responsibility for the management and implementation of Edinburgh Napier University’s External Engagement, Marketing and Communications, and Fundraising and Alumni strategies. She managed a team of over 40 staff and was responsible for the seamless integration of all aspects of fundraising, alumni and marketing and communications while ensuring the University’s brand, profile and reputation were maintained.

Karen has worked as a senior-level professional in the charitable and educational sectors for over 25 years in Canada, US, Asia and the UK. She has experience working with a variety of different sectors including health, education, arts, environment and social services, as well as with businesses.

Karen is a regular industry speaker at Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), Institute of Fundraising (IoF) and other industry forums.

Values of KWC Consulting

KWC Consulting Ltd is a boutique consultancy focused on providing you with a personalised approach to achieving and maximising your philanthropic and engagement goals. As a values driven company  we believe that if you invest the time and effort with your greatest asset, people, then together we can achieve great things.


KWC Consulting Ltd was founded by Karen Cairney, a senior executive in the not for profit and Higher Education sectors.

Giving Back

KWC believes strongly that they play a key role in supporting the community within which they operate, along with the charitable and not for profit sectors.

KWC has chosen three ways to give back:

  • A percentage of pre-tax profits, agreed with the shareholders, each year will be given to KWC’s nominated charities. These commitments and their impact will be shared each year on the website.
  • 5% of pre-tax profits, in time, will be given to selected charities. These charities again will be selected each year by the shareholders.
  • wilheartsKWC is a customer of Wild Hearts, Business for Good. Profits from KWC’s spend with WildHearts will be used by the WildHearts to fund microfinance in the developing world, as well as free access to their award winning enterprise education programme, Micro-Tyco, for school children across the UK.


KWC Associates are all experienced practitioners or consultants in the field of philanthropy, management and business development with a minimum of ten years’ experience. When you work with us you are working with a seasoned team of professionals who have worked with high net worth individuals, Corporate and non-profit CEO’s, Boards and volunteers.

Karen Cairney is also an Associate with Graham Pelton a global non-profit and fundraising management consulting firm which provides KWC’s clients with a further range of expertise and knowledge to deliver the best results. Karen is currently undertaking work with the following Graham Pelton clients: Glasgow Caledonian University; George Watson’s College; and University of Liverpool.

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