Kaky McGinness Grant’s grandmother in Tennessee was an avid volunteer into her 80s. “Make us ever mindful of the needs of others,” she’d say, and take young Kaky with her on some of her weekly visits to volunteer at a local nursing home.
After earning a degree in art history, Kaky began to find her way to her own passions for volunteering, as well as start to shape a career working with nonprofit organizations and donors. She began by fundraising for the Smithsonian National Zoo and The Field School, both in Washington, DC. For 15 years, she worked as a consultant for CapDev, helping nonprofit organizations develop capital campaign and major gift strategies.
In 2010, she moved to Charleston with her husband, Carter Grant, a Charlestonian whose law practice specializes in tax and estate planning. Kaky created Grant Philanthropic Advisors in 2019 to provide a new option for individuals, families, family offices and foundations looking to cultivate deeper meaning and impact with their giving.
Kaky has served as the board president of the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry and currently serves as the chair of an arts advisory board at Davidson College. Kaky is a 21/64 Certified Advisor and a candidate for a Master’s degree in Philanthropic Studies at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University.
She finds new purpose in raising the Grant’s three young children to involve them in volunteering and giving projects. “I want to inspire them,” Kaky says, “Just as my grandmother did for me.”
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