Volunteer Spotlight: Kathy Dunleavy – Celebrating Time, Talent, and Treasure

Written on February 8, 2022

Without volunteers, Children’s Cancer Partners would not be where it is today. We still heavily rely on volunteers to make sure all of our children receive the lifesaving cancer treatment they need. ­­We have volunteers giving their time, talent and treasure on committees such as Development, Governance, and Finance. Each committee serves the purpose to provide ideas and support to the Children’s Cancer Partners staff to continue our growth to meet our goal of serving every Carolina child battling cancer. Development Committee Member, Kathy Dunleavy, brings years of profound wisdom and talent in the field of philanthropy to Children’s Cancer Partners, especially talent.

Kathy has called Spartanburg home for the last 32 years. Kathy currently serves as the Meeting Street Academy Community Liaison. Previously, Kathy served as the President/CEO of the Mary Black Foundation. Prior to Mary Black, Kathy served as President/CEO of United Way of the Piedmont and also had a 20-year banking career. She has greatly impacted the Spartanburg community. Her current community activities include being a member of Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System’s Audit and Compliance committee, a board member of Spartanburg Academic Movement, and USC Upstate’s School of Public Health and Education Advisory Board as well as on the Truist Advisory Board and the Johnson School of Business Advisory Board.  

“Kathy is very well respected for her long and rich history in the nonprofit sector. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Children’s Cancer Partners,” states Dania Beck, Director of Philanthropy. “She has become an invaluable part of our organization and the Development Committee by utilizing her skillsets and relationships to connect us to valued partners in the communities we serve.”

Kathy has received much recognition including the Order of the Palmetto in 2011 given by Governor Nikki Haley, the Humanitarian of the Year by the Urban League of the Upstate in 2011, the Neville Holcombe Distinguished Citizen of the Year by the Chamber in 2012, and the Mary Mildred Sullivan Award presented by Converse University in 2011 and Wofford College in 2018. Kathy and her husband, Ray, reside in Spartanburg and have a blended family of six children and five grandchildren.

We couldn’t do it without volunteers, especially ones like Kathy. Kathy, thank you for giving back! Let us know about what other time, talent, and treasures we need to know about! 

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