Mary McGranahan Moss,
Co-Founder and Partner


Recent Clients

Campaign Counsel
Ashley Hall
Beth Meyer Synagogue
Foundation of Hope
Healing Transitions
NC Academy of Family Physicians
UNC Office of University Development

Strategic Planning
Community Music School
Temple Beth Or

Feasibility Studies/Fundraising Plans
Frankie Lemmon School
St. Stephen’s School
Trinity Academy
UNC Office of University Development

Executive Search
Duke School
YMCA of the Triangle

Interfaith Food Shuttle
Orange Habitat
UNC School of Law

Mary Moss co-founded moss+ross in 2009 after a career in which she was known as one of North Carolina’s leading independent school fundraisers. She and Susan Ross have guided the firm’s growth to a $1.6M firm with 20 associates, and now they share leadership with three other partners. She never thought of herself as an entrepreneur but in fact, she loves the creative part of managing and expanding the firm to serve more nonprofits. Mary specializes in campaign management, feasibility studies, strategic planning, executive search and coaching, and board and volunteer training.

Mary’s fundraising career began at Duke, where she worked in annual and planned giving at the University and in major gifts at the Duke Cancer Center. Her career spanned more than two decades at three prominent Research Triangle schools. She stepped down in 2008 as associate head for institutional advancement at Saint Mary’s School, her high school alma mater, having raised gifts of more than $21.5 million, including back-to-back $1 million Annual Fund totals. Prior to that, she was director of development at Ravenscroft for 11 years and at Durham Academy for nearly five years. Her department earned national and regional CASE awards for fundraising and communications.

Mary is an active community volunteer. She served a six-year tenure on the Board of Trustees of Ravenscroft School, where she co-chaired the Advancement Committee. She is a Past President of the Rotary Club of Raleigh, and she has served on the Rotary District Diversity & Inclusion Committee. She has also served on the Board of Directors of the New Voices Foundation. Mary has been a volunteer consultant with numerous schools and nonprofits including the Junior League of Raleigh, Hayes Barton UMC, and other organizations.

A native of the Triangle area, Mary is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, the Institute of Paralegal Training (PA), and Leadership Raleigh. She is married to Bill Moss, and they have three grown sons and four grandchildren. She and Bill enjoy spending time with family and traveling, especially to Atlantic Beach.

Fun fact: A devout Tar Heel now, she was born a die-hard Blue Devil!