Kitty Yerkes

Community Advosiry Board Co-Chair

Kitty has lived and worked in Wilmington since 1992, by way of Washington, DC; Edinburgh, Scotland; and NYC.  Originally from Columbia, South Carolina, she is a graduate of University of South Carolina.

For many years, Kitty has been a proven professional in the fundraising development arena implementing successful strategies and programs for generating revenue in the nonprofit market place in Wilmington. Kitty has been development director for Domestic Violence Shelter, Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity, and currently works for Cape Fear Museum of History and Science. Kitty thrives on collaboration and personal relationships with those who are active in the philanthropic world matching one’s charitable values, beliefs, and passions.

Her favorite radio spot heard on WHQR is the short talk by David Brooks: Within each of us are two selves: the self who craves success, who builds a résumé, and the self who seeks connection, community, love — the values that make for a great eulogy building a legacy of something bigger than oneself.

Kitty has served as a board member of Association of Professional Fundraiser (AFP) and received the AFP Professional Fundraiser of the Year in 2013, is a past board member of the Cape Fear Rotary Club, chairing the 2015 Club Engagement Committee, and has served two terms on the WHQR board nominations committee, is a past member of Leadership Wilmington with the Chamber of Commerce, and is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Wilmington—and of course-WHQR!

Kitty and her husband, Chris have two grown children, Charles in Raleigh and Kelly in Asheville.