​Kate Seng oversees GHRs grants management, supports GHR’s governance work including serving as the Secretary to GHR’s Board of Directors, manages GHR’s client relationships, and oversees family engagement.  In addition, Kate oversees GHR’s higher education funding, including grants to the Henrietta Schmoll School of Health at St. Catherine University, the Opus College of Business at University of St. Thomas, and the Opus College of Engineering at Marquette University.

Prior to joining GHR Foundation, Kate served as consultant for the Minnesota Community Foundation, the Saint Paul Foundation, Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation and others. She was a senior manager at the Greater Twin Cities United Way, where she developed and managed community-wide initiatives focused on affordable housing, workforce development and anti-racism efforts. Seng was the district director for Minnesota’s Congressman Bruce Vento, where she directed the Congressman’s Minnesota efforts.

Kate earned a master’s degree in public affairs from the Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota and a bachelor’s degree in political science from St. Catherine’s University. Kate serves on the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Council of Foundations (MCF), is Chair of MCF’s Program and Conference Committee, and  serves on the Catholic Community Foundation Grants Committee.


Scaling for Success

Posted on December 8, 2020 by Carolyn Wall Sakata, Kate Seng, Alexa Cortes Culwell

four plants at different stages of growth - scaling up, professionalizing
The success of family philanthropy is largely dependent on the operations and management of the people and processes that underpin the goals and activities of the effort. Giving families often reach an inflection point where they must consider bringing in outside professionals to manage their philanthropy for greater impact; however, it is often challenging to understand the practices that promote… Read More