Kevin McArdle has enjoyed a 30+ year career working for southern California cities in all areas of Community Services and the Arts, having special experience and knowledge in the world of fundraising. For the last twenty-seven years, Kevin has served in a department head position managing the day-to-day programming and operations of a large department, and working very closely with municipal libraries and library staff in four different cities. In addition to managing ongoing department operations, Kevin has had the opportunity to serve as design and construction project manager on many public projects, including a number of library facilities.
A critical component of Kevin’s responsibilities and experience has always revolved around significant fundraising. Most recently, his city department was bringing in more than $400,000 each year in fundraising, and he has been responsible for overseeing efforts to fundraise millions of dollars for specific projects and programs. As part of his duties, Kevin also serves as the Executive Director to a 501c3 non-profit Community and Arts Foundation which raises significant funds to support many various activities. Kevin led the efforts of this Foundation and a Library Foundation as they worked together to jointly fundraise over $5 million for a new library and performing arts center complex.
Kevin also provides consulting services to various foundations, non-profits, churches and municipal departments to assist them with their fundraising and strategic planning activities. Kevin has been a speaker and trainer on fundraising strategies and planning for many years, including recently at the California Library Association Conference.