Karen Donahue Robinson is the Director of Philanthropy for the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), an independent global health research institute at the University of Washington (UW). She is responsible for the development of IHME’s private major gift portfolio and the engagement of individual donors throughout the United States and globally. Karen works with the Global Engagement team, executive team, board, and faculty, and in collaboration with UW Advancement, UW academic leaders, and volunteers for overall development programs for IHME. She manages a comprehensive major gifts strategy for IHME as part of the UW’s comprehensive campaign and provides leadership and direction for critical and high-profile programs that support major fundraising initiatives.
She is passionate about engaging donors and securing resources to identify and address critical issues impacting the health and well-being of the most vulnerable populations in our global community. Prior to joining IHME, she 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 her BA in Political Science from Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, and a Master’s in International Administration from the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont.