Kay understands the challenges and opportunities of 21st Century Philanthropy. Her consultations, presentations and books generate solutions to complex issues and inspire people to action.
Transforming Philanthropy ... Making a Difference
More than 1,000 organizations and tens of thousands of participants at conferences, webinars and gatherings have engaged with Kay Sprinkel Grace over the last three decades. She works with nonprofits on major giving, strategic development planning, board engagement, capital campaigns and the creation of mission, vision, values and case statements. Her understanding of philanthropy and its potential to change the world is widely respected and her enduring goal is to increase the capacity of client organizations to fulfill their mission.
Kay works directly with organizations on their issues and challenges, mentors colleagues and younger professionals, presents to gatherings of all sizes and coaches individuals and small groups of decision-makers as they address their most pressing issues. Her design approach plants seeds, unravels tangled situations and sparks agreement. Kay approaches each situation with unique strategies based on the needs of the organization and on her vast experience, and is guided in all her work by gratitude and joy for being part of the world’s most dynamic sector.
Transforming Philanthropy, LLC
Kay founded her own consulting business in 1990 after ten years as a Development Director for three nonprofit organizations. Her professional services in the US and around the world are booked through Transforming Philanthropy, LLC.
Kay was recognized in 2020 with two exceptional awards: the AFP Global Fundraising Professional of the Year Award, in March, and the AFP Golden Gate Chapter Lifetime Achievement Award in November. Other professional awards and recognition include the 2013 Henry A. Rosso Medal for lifetime achievement in ethical fundraising from the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and recognition as a Distinguished Fellow by AFP in 2016. In 2017 she was named among the Top 25 speakers on philanthropy by Philanthropy Media. Additionally, she has received five awards for her volunteer service at Stanford, including their highest award, The Gold Spike.
“Wow! Thank you. You are really something! Even after just arriving from Europe you were so sharp and focused and so attentive. I loved watching you in action! You covered our topic so well. You drew everyone in so they’d stay engaged and so they would contribute. I was so impressed with the way you were able to remember names and the way you used people’s comments later in your training… Your reputation was excellent, but your product was even better. Thank you for your wonderful contribution to our future success!”
“As with your (previous) presentations, you once again delivered two great sessions. You were able to connect with both trustees and heads – which is not an easy task – and deliver a message that was very helpful to our schools. Your presentations were clear, thoughtful and engaging.”
“The most meaningful part of the program for me was realizing the value of AAA and seeing that our board will embrace this as we go forward.” And another wrote: “The most meaningful part for me was the program, ‘Putting AAA to Work’ by Kay Sprinkel Grace.”
“Thank you for speaking so eloquently and passionately at our dinner. Your message resonated with everyone. Several expressed their compliments with glowing remarks and that alone is quite a feat and makes the evening a major success. We are grateful for your sharing your knowledge, time and talents with us. Benefits are being reaped: inspired donors and volunteer leaders, renewed memberships. Thanks, again.