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We specialize in providing solutions for non-profit and public sector campaigns that impact local communities.

Kohn Associates is a fundraising, marketing, event planning and public relations firm with roots in Raleigh, NC, and a footprint that stretches across the Southeast. We specialize in providing solutions for non-profit and public sector campaigns that impact local communities. Kohn Associates is known for finding untapped opportunities and fostering key relationships that result in our clients’ success.

With more than 25+ years of experience in building and executing campaign strategies, we take pride in nurturing partnerships across the state to enable campaigns of any size to succeed. From event planning to capital campaign and fundraising management, Kohn Associates invites you to join us on our adventure to help organizations make a broad impact in your community.

Meet Joyce

Joyce Kohn

strategic development consultant

Joyce is a strategic development and communications consultant with 25+ years of executive level experience and carries a personal passion for bringing together communities to create lasting impacts. She has specialized expertise in the areas of fundraising, sales, marketing, and public relations, leadership development and special events. In addition, she is also co-founder of The Sunday Supper, a non-profit bore out of Hurricane Matthew relief, dedicated to bringing communities together to help others in need.

As an individual with an established footprint in North Carolina, Joyce has a knack for understanding the needs of for-profit entities and the devotions of non-profits within the state. In addition to her work with traditional clients, Joyce has also led various bond related initiatives across the state, as part of a bi-partisan team of professional consultants, working with organizations to find the funding necessary to successfully bring bond referendums to the attention of voters. This unique experience allows her to hone in on individualized issue advocacy work and help create the change North Carolinians want for their state.

While serving as a consultant, Joyce also sits in leadership positions on a wide range of nonprofit initiatives. Philanthropy is a “two-way street,” and by having a hand in both sides of causes, she is able to craft relevant development plans and monitor implementation to ensure maximum impact is reached and resources, no matter how limited, are used effectively.

Joyce holds a B.S. from East Carolina University and is a mother to two sons, Joshua, a senior at Appalachian State University and Zachary, a freshman at Louisiana State University. Joyce is a proud North Carolinian and enjoys her work around the state but will always hold a special affinity for the people, food, history and culture of Eastern North Carolina.

Project Highlights

Take a look at some of Kohn Associates current and most recent projects.

Raleigh Parks Bond

Raleigh Parks Bond Campaign

For decades, City of Raleigh parks have provided citizens safe places to spend time outdoors and in their community. It is because of our city’s continued investment that our parks system has become a prized resource. Raleigh’s city parks offer something for all citizens no matter where you live. The 2022 Parks Bond allowed the city of Raleigh to invest in its citizens and their communities. Parks and greenways keep Raleigh great!

Raleigh Schools Bond

Raleigh School Bond Campaign

Better learning environments are central to the Wake School Bond. Every day, we witness the growth of our county. We must accommodate for this ongoing growth by reinvesting in our education facilities, constructing new schools and upgrading existing ones.

BEST NC improving North Carolina’s education system


BEST NC is a non-profit, non-partisan coalition of business leaders committed to improving North Carolina’s education system through policy and advocacy. We do this by convening a broad constituency; encouraging collaboration around a shared, bold vision for education; and advocating for policies, research, programs, and awareness that will significantly improve education in North Carolina.

Connect NC Bond with Kohn Associates

Connect NC Bond

The Connect NC Bond was the first statewide bond since 2000, and was approved by nearly three-quarters of North Carolina voters. Through the collaboration of statewide partnerships and community leadership, the bond allocated $3.1 billion in construction spending for the UNC system, community colleges, parks, water and sewer infrastructure and the N.C. Zoo. Kohn Associates managed the key relationships essential for financial support of the Bond, securing $25 million.

North Carolina Aquarium Society with Kohn Associates

North Carolina Aquarium Society

The NC Aquarium Scholars Program was initiated in 2017 is propelling students forward with scholarship. Preserving education. Focused energies on building and launching an education program geared toward Title I schools in NC. The Scholars Program affords a visit to one of the three sites or an outreach/education program delivered to the classroom by one of the many talented educators. The first Title I classrooms will benefit from the program in the Spring of 2018.

The Sunday Supper NC with Kohn Associates

The Sunday Supper

In an effort to help with flood relief efforts from the damage of Hurricane Matthew in Eastern North Carolina, Kohn Associates and Eckel & Vaughn partnered to create The Sunday Supper in November 2016. Over 1,000 people gathered on Fayetteville St. downtown Raleigh to share a meal together. Kohn Associates led the fundraising and event management efforts, presenting $189,000 to affected communities. The two firms were recognized with a Silver Anvil Award from the Public Relations Society of America in 2016.

The Sunday Supper NC with Kohn Associates

Veterans Life Center

The VLC is a turn-key residential program designed to help at-risk 21st Century veterans. On October 27, 2017, VLC broke ground of its future facility that will accommodate up to 150 beds for veteran residents upon completion. Kohn Associates played an integral role in the groundbreaking, and as a result, helped launch the VLC Five Star Leadership Campaign to achieve $4 million in funds to support the facility and its programs.