Tonya Taylor

Tonya Taylor is Principal and Executive Consultant at The Gift Development Group, a philanthropy consulting firm based in North Carolina. 

Tonya Taylor most recently served as the Executive Campaign Director for the UNC Chapel Hill- Medical Foundation Horizons Program and the Interim Director of Corporations and Foundations for the School of Public Health. Prior to that, Tonya held an Executive Campaign Director position for the University of North Carolina Newman Center in Chapel Hill, where she led a multi- million dollar campus facility expansion effort. After being recruited to join CCS Fundraising, Tonya worked as the Executive Director of an international Donor Engagement Program for Canterbury Cathedral in Kent, England in order to better assess the Cathedral’s potential for moving forward with a multi-million dollar campaign to support several capital, preservation, programmatic, and global initiatives. In this role, she coordinated all stages of the program including: stakeholder engagement, prospect identification, research, cultivation, donor relations, and event planning and donor correspondence. 

Prior to her work with CCS and UNC- Chapel Hill, Tonya served as Executive Director and Director of Community Services and Marketing for Rochester General Health System’s Newark- Wayne Community Hospital Foundation, where she led public relations and development operations and managed eight team members, and consultants. She worked with a Board of Trustees to launch a $12 million micro-campus capital campaign and to successfully increase annual funding by more than 40 percent during her tenure. Tonya has also worked as a Development Director and campaign leader for other not-for-profit organizations including Wilson Commencement Park, and The Harley School, where she led public relations, marketing, capital campaign, major gift, and annual fund efforts. 

As a community advocate, she has served on a number of Boards and Executive Committees, including the Boys and Girls Club of Chapel Hill, YMCA of Greater Rochester, Wilson Commencement Park, and Jack and Jill (Rochester and Durham Chapters). Most recently, she led the effort to open Rochester, New York’s first all-girls Charter School in collaboration with philanthropists and education reform thought leaders throughout the country. She has held board positions on The Rochester Association of Black Journalists and Volunteers of America of Western New York Boards, and currently sits on the White House Committee for African- American Engagement. Tonya has also been a presenter for the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy. 

Tonya earned her B.A. in Communications and Journalism from Elon University and her M.A. in Communications from New York University.