|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 University in Central Development where she worked in annual and planned giving. 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 and still chairs a special board committee. She is Immediate Past President of the Rotary Club of Raleigh, and she is a member of the Raleigh Fine Arts Society, having chaired the Grants 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 three grandchildren. She and Bill enjoy spending time with family, traveling, and enjoying the North Carolina beaches.
Fun fact: A devout Tar Heel now, she was born a staunch Blue Devil!