Kay Partney Lautman, 1937-2012
The staff of FundRaising Success extends its condolences and sends prayers and thoughts of comfort to the family, friends and associates of fundraising pioneer Kay Partney Lautman, founder of Lautman Maska Neill & Co., who passed away on Monday. She was 74.
Kay was a pioneer in the field of direct-response fundraising, garnering the respect and admiration of colleagues and clients alike, as well as many industry-related awards including being named one of FundRaising Success' Top Women in Fundraising in 2006.
Colleagues took to social media to announce Kay's passing and offer condolences. Among the responses:
Rest in peace, Kay Lautman. You were a true leader and inspiration to all of us
We lost Kay Lautman of Lautman Maska Neill & Company yesterday, a pioneer in our industry & a friend to many.
Extremely sad news. Kay Lautman pioneered dm #fundraising & taught generations how to tell stories to inspire giving
RIP Kay Partney Lautman -- a Dear Friend to so many in fundraising & whose shoulders we all stand on today.
Ellen Cobb Church
The nonprofit community lost a wonderful champion and friend. When you visit many of beautiful museums and memorials in our lovely city please say a thank you for Kay — her leadership and commitment brought many of them from a dream into places we all love and cherish.
On Tuesday, The Nonprofit Times ran a comprehensive obituary and biography on Kay, which you can read here.