Chief Development Officer
Kendra Davenport, MPL, CFRE, serves as the chief development officer for Operation Smile, where she manages multichannel global philanthropy efforts, which include domestic and international corporate fundraising, mass market and direct response, digital fundraising, major gifts and planned giving, community engagement, special events and partnerships, private sector grants, and government relations.
Much of her career has been devoted to the cultivation of funding relationships with corporations, capitalizing on the growing commitment of national and multinational companies to meaningful, metric-driven corporate social responsibility.
Working closely with C-suite industry leaders, Kendra has designed and implemented a myriad of mutually beneficial national initiatives including point-of-purchase sales programs, cobranded marketing and advertising campaigns, and a host of special events. As philanthropy has evolved, Kendra has helped several nongovernmental organizations diversify their philanthropic portfolios to keep pace with change and growth by utilizing technology.
Kendra brings more than three decades of experience working exclusively in the nonprofit arena, specializing in development. She possesses extensive management experience, having overseen more than 1,000 African national staff across 18 sub-Saharan countries in a previous position. She has managed several complex national development and communications portfolios, served as president of a small nonprofit, and served as a philanthropy and communications consultant to several nonprofit and proprietary organizations.