Kim Coventry

Kim Coventry is the founder and president of The Coventry Group, LLC, in which capacity she has been a trusted advisor to individuals, civic and corporate leaders, philanthropists, foundations and family offices, and nonprofits for more than 20 years. During her career, Kim has made thousands of grants to public charities, managed over 200 special projects, organized over 75 exhibitions, and produced more than 150 publications.

A native of Carmel, California, Kim began her professional career at the Monterey Peninsula Museum of Art. From there she went to the University of Chicago, where she served as museum administrator/assistant curator at the Oriental Institute Museum and, later, as coordinator of exhibitions and conservation in the Joseph Regenstein Library's Department of Special Collections (rare books and manuscripts). Kim's training includes internships at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and Toledo Museum of Art. She holds a BA in art history from the University of Redlands and an MA in art history/museum studies from the University of Southern California.

Advisor To Corporate Clients

Among Kim's past corporate clients are the CEOs of R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company, BDT & Company, and Ball Horticultural Company; the former CEOs of MB Financial Bank, Sara Lee Corporation, and Quaker Oats; the former chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (Kennedy administration); and the families of the founders of Northern Trust and Henry Crown and Company.

Advisor To Nonprofit Clients

Kim's nonprofit clients have included the Architects Research Foundation, Crab Tree Farm Foundation, McCormick Tribune Foundation, Museum of Science and Industry, Newberry Library, Northwestern University, Stratford Hall, Terra Foundation for American Art, First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest, Lake Forest College, Lake Forest–Lake Bluff Historical Society, Lake Forest Garden Club, Women's Athletic Club of Chicago, and University of Redlands.

Long-Term Advisory Relationships

Between 1992 and 2013, Kim established many long-term advisory relationships. For 15 years, for example, she served in various capacities for R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company on a contract basis, including consulting curator of art, archive, and library collections. She oversaw research, exhibitions, loans, conservation, and collection management. After the company underwent a merger, she negotiated the sale of its art collection and the gift of its extensive archives to the University of Chicago.

For 16 years, Kim worked closely with the late John H. Bryan and his Crab Tree Farm Foundation on the development and publication of a dozen books, including those on the bookplates of C.F.A. Voysey, Arts and Crafts rugs, early British seating furniture, and early English glassware, as well as a family history.

Foundation Vice President And Executive Director

As vice president and executive director of The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, Kim introduced new program strategies and developed many long-term and multi-partnership projects. For example, she renegotiated a five-year pass-through grant from the MacArthur Foundation focused on general operating support and professional development for small arts organizations. In addition, she rewrote the Driehaus Foundation's mission statement and grantmaking guidelines, and ensured that its policies, practices, and grantmaking embraced diversity, equity, and inclusion. She updated the foundation's logo, branding, and messaging, launched its first social media presence, and introduced new grants- management software.

During her tenure, the foundation made some 350 grants annually in four program areas: the built environment; arts and culture; economic opportunity for the working poor; and investigative journalism. She personally managed a portfolio of 35 grantees. The foundation also partnered with the Terra Foundation for American Art on Art Design Chicago, a two-year initiative that examined and celebrated the unique and vital role Chicago has played as America's crossroads of art and design, creativity and commerce. The project resulted in 46 exhibitions, more than 300 public programs throughout the city with an estimated attendance of 2.5 million people, 29 publications, and 15 digital projects.

Art Consultant

For more than 30 years, Kim has leveraged her relationships with galleries and institutions to advise collectors in building collections that include works by Milton Avery, Donald Baechler, Jennifer Bartlett, David Bates, Fernando Botero, Richard Diebenkorn, Jim Dine, Barry Flanigan, Adolph Gottlieb, Jasper Johns, Wolf Kahn, Alex Katz, Robert Kelly, Albert Krehbiel, Henry Moore, Louis Sullivan, and Wayne Thiebaud, among others. She has also advised individuals and institutions on book, manuscript, and archival collections and handled matters of conservation, insurance, and display.


Kim is a published author, experienced speechwriter, and editor. Her books include Monterey Peninsula: The Golden Age (2002), Printing for the Modern Age: Commerce, Craft, and Culture in the R.R. Donnelley Archive (2006), The History of Crab Tree Farm (2012), and From Cairo to Chicago: The Courtship and Marriage of Emily Birnie Smith and Harold Cornelius Smith (2014). She coauthored Classic Country Estates of Lake Forest: Architecture and Landscape Design, 1856–1940 (2003) and Walter Frazier: Frazier Raftery Orr & Fairbank Architects: Houses of Chicago's North Shore, 1924–1970 (2008).


Interim Leadership

We offer interim leadership for terms of three to nine months to ensure smooth transitions, assist boards in identifying the qualities they seek in a new executive, and interview candidates.

Foundation Planning, Strategy, and Grantmaking

For those wishing to establish a foundation or in need of a strategic thought partner, we provide support in many areas.
  • Branding and messaging
  • Documenting and contextualizing legacy
  • Developing a mission statement
  • Establishing a new foundation
  • Formalizing bylaws, guidelines, policies, and procedures
  • Grant facilitation and agreements
  • Managing donor-advised funds and charitable lead trust philanthropy
  • Next-generation and succession planning
  • Program design and strategy
  • Researching and evaluating grant requests
  • Special-project management

Grant Review and Program Support

For foundations of all sizes, we provide long- and short-term grant review and program support and have special expertise in the following areas:
  • Archives and libraries
  • Architecture and design
  • Award programs
  • Cultural programming and community engagement
  • Historic preservation
  • Historical societies and cultural centers
  • Human-centered design and urban planning
  • Journalism
  • Museum exhibitions and planning
  • Publishing (books and catalogues)
  • Visual and performing arts

Writing and Editing

We write and/or work with you and your manuscript to develop many types of written materials.
  • Biographies, memoirs, and family histories
  • Collection catalogues
  • Corporate and institutional histories
  • Executive speeches and presentations
  • Manuscript development and editing
  • Marketing materials
  • Mission and values statements
  • Oral histories


We manage all aspects of the publishing process, including the following:
  • Graphic design
  • Image research
  • Manuscript development and editing
  • Project management and publishing agreements

Art Consulting

  • Collection development
  • Conservation
  • Collection management
  • Display
  • Documentation
  • Insurance



Kim Coventry

1250 North Dearborn Street, 17C
Chicago, IL 60610

214 Mirasol Way
Monterey, CA 93940

Mobile: (312) 882-3750
Phone: (312) 643-0078