Mary Moss

Recent Clients

Fundraising Counsel
Alliance Medical Ministry
Beth Meyer Synagogue
NC Bar Foundation
Wake Meals on Wheels

Campaign Counsel
Ashley Hall
Healing Transitions $16.75M
Oak City Cares $2.5M
Orange Habitat $5M
SAFEchild (goal TBD)
SECU Family House $9.6M
UNC Health Foundation $1B
UNC Law School $75M

Strategic Planning
Community Music School
Interfaith Food Shuttle
NC Advocates for Justice
NC Equal Access to Justice Committee
Prevent Blindness NC
UNC School of Education
UNC School of Social Work

Executive Search
Camp Corral
North Carolina Museum of Art


Mary McGranahan Moss, Co-Founder and Partner

Mary Moss launched 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 $1.5M firm with 20 associates. 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. To create moss+ross, 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 work earned national and regional CASE awards for fundraising and communications. She also earned valuable skills while working in major gifts for the Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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 serves 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 United Methodist Church, and other organizations. 

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

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