Thomas Kurmann (USA)

Vice President of Development at Oxfam America

Thomas Kurmann is a Strategic Philanthropy professional with more than 20 years of experience. He is currently the Vice President of Oxfam America’s Resource Development division, which aims to grow revenue and supporters in the competitive and disrupted landscape of US philanthropy.

Prior to Oxfam America, he was leading the fundraising efforts for Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in the US, Germany, and Switzerland over a period of 16 years. He was also supervising the fundraising operations in Mexico. Before MSF, Thomas was the Communications Director at Terre des hommes.

Throughout his career, he has contributed to raising more than $2.5 billion. He teaches fundraising at academic institutions in Switzerland and is a speaker at fundraising conferences in the US and overseas on topics such as strategy and donor journey mapping, creation of business canvas and value proposition models, design thinking, innovation and behavioral economics.

Prior to his Fundraising career, Thomas worked as a freelance journalist, public relations professional, and as a dramaturg for a small theatre.