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Kate Bathon Shufeldt MSW, MPA

CEO & Principal Consultant


Kate founded Thrive after working in nonprofit, for-profit, and governmental agencies in Indiana, Missouri, Michigan, and Arkansas. She started Thrive in 2016 to help organizations improve the vital services being utilized by those most in need. 

She obtained a Master in Social Work from Saint Louis University and a Master in Public Affairs from Indiana University South Bend. This dual focus gives her unique insight to consider the entire organization and build on the strengths of its resources and staff. Her academic and professional experience allows her to have interests that span across a diverse set of clients and services, including after-school programs, K-12 education, social services, juvenile justice, and intimate partner violence. 

Within these areas of interest, Kate has enjoyed working with organizations on a variety of projects. She has experience planning services, obtaining funding, promoting services, and evaluating programming. Kate has worked with several organizations on strategically planning program expansions, improving governance and policies, and leadership transitioning. She has also proved to be a successful fundraiser and grant writer, having helped obtain over $9.5 million in grants and government contracts for a variety of programs and clients.

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