Our Team

The Kavelman Group (TKG) works with our clients as collaborative thought partners. Every project is given specialized, senior-level attention and guidance. Our consultants have extensive experience at the executive level at some of the country’s leading institutions such as the American Academy in Rome, Asia Society, National Endowment for the Arts, Rockefeller Foundation, Smithsonian Institution, Columbia University, as well as in the private philanthropic divisions of U.S. Trust and J.P. Morgan. Our expertise spans both the funding and the nonprofit management sides of philanthropy.


Buff Kavelman

Buff Kavelman founded The Kavelman Group Philanthropic Advisors in 1997 to serve individual donors, foundations and nonprofit leaders in strategic planning, board development, philanthropic initiatives, and external affairs. Ms. Kavelman is recognized for increasing organizational capacity, launching new initiatives, building effective partnerships, and raising institutional profiles.


Ken Goody

Ken Goody has over 25 years of experience with private and family foundations, family offices, financial and nonprofit institutions with activities including grantmaking and philanthropy, investment management and strategic development. At The Kavelman Group, Ken works with individuals, families and foundation boards to help clarify their philanthropic vision, and create strategic and achievable grantmaking programs.


Shirley Ferguson Jenks

Shirley Ferguson Jenks has more than 30 years of experience as a development professional. Since 1994, Mrs. Jenks has provided fund-raising counsel to nonprofit organizations in the fields of culture, education, health and social services. At The Kavelman Group, she brings her expertise in development and strategic planning across the cultural sector to help clients realize their institutional long- and short-term goals.


Rohit Burman

Rohit Burman is a senior philanthropic leader with over 20 years of global experience in foundation and nonprofit management, corporate social responsibility and sustainability. He is recognized for his expertise in grantmaking strategy, program development, communications and stakeholder engagement, employee engagement programs and change management. At the Kavelman Group, he provides client services in the areas of grantmaking strategy and special project development. 


Drew Zeiba

Drew Zeiba has six years of experience in nonprofit development, outreach, education and programs. In addition to his work within and supporting cultural and social justice nonprofits, he is a published author and an editor and independent digital curator in the fields of art, design, architecture, new media and technology. At The Kavelman Group, Drew supports foundation and nonprofit client projects as a writer, editor, research and program assistant.


Joe Horvat

Joe Horvat has over ten years of experience in the field of information technology (IT). He has had the honor of lending his expertise to meet the IT needs of hundreds of distinguished individuals, small businesses and nonprofit organizations. Joe is recognized for his creative, resourceful and cost-effective approach to providing solutions to all technology concerns, no matter how complex.