Kay Sprinkel Grace understands the challenges of 21st century philanthropy as well as its opportunities, and brings her experience from working with countless nonprofit organizations to bear on the current issues affecting donor development, fund raising, outreach, message strategy and volunteerism.

As principal of her own organization since 1989, her clients include public media, hospitals, universities, arts and cultural organizations, environment and social justice organizations, churches and education, as well as community-based services. A sampling of her recent clients includes KQED; Oregon Public Broadcasting; KPBS; Opportunity Fund; Prizmah Jewish Day Schools; Sustainable Conservation; Djerassi Resident Artist Program; Smuin Ballet;  Los Angeles Philharmonic; Futures Without Violence; and others. A goal of her consulting is to mentor and strengthen leaders within organizations to grow their success while achieving their immediate goals. 

A frequent speaker at Association of Fundraising Professional (AFP) local and regional meetings, including AFP Central Virginia, Vineyards and Golden Gate Chapters, she was a key presenter at AFP International in San Antonio in 2014 and San Francisco in 2017. She has participated internationally as a keynote speaker and workshop leader in conferences in Australia, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Republic of Georgia, Italy, Sweden, Great Britain, France, Poland and Russia.  She has been a frequent presenter at IFC in The Netherlands.  With colleagues from Canada, Slovakia and Czech Republic she is a co-creator and facilitator/mentor of Leaders of Tomorrow, a program for strengthening civil society in Central and Eastern Europe.

Her BA and MA are from Stanford University, where she is a recipient of their highest award for volunteer service, The Gold Spike, as well as their Centennial Medal, Outstanding Achievement Award, Award of Merit and Associates Award. The Golden Gate Chapter of AFP awarded her their Outstanding Professional Fundraiser Award (now the Henry A. Rosso Award) and their President’s Award. She was recently (May, 2017) named in the Top 25 speakers on philanthropy in the United States.

In 2013, she was awarded the Henry A. Rosso Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Ethical Fund Raising by the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University. The Rosso Medal recognizes lifelong dedication to emphasizing philanthropy's ethics and values, acting as a mentor to perpetuate and invigorate philanthropic traditions, and noted leadership in a long, productive career of distinction.  In 2017, she was recognized in the first class of Distinguished Fellows of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

She is the author of seven books related to philanthropic practices and board engagement: Beyond Fund Raising (1997 and 2005, Wiley); High Impact Philanthropy (2001, co-author Alan Wendroff, Wiley); Over Goal! (2005, Emerson & Church); The Ultimate Board Member’s Book, (Third Edition, Revised 2013, Emerson & Church); Fund Raising Mistakes That Bedevil All Boards (Revised 2009, Emerson & Church) The AAA Way to Fundraising Success: Maximizing Involvement, Maximizing Results, (2009, Whit Press of Seattle and Jackson Hole), and The Busy Volunteer’s Guide to Fundraising (2017, Emerson & Church). She contributed a chapter to Fundraising Management 101, edited by Darien Hayman (2011, Jossey-Bass,) and to MeVolution, edited by Tony Myers and Jon Duchinsky (2012, Civil Sector Press, Toronto) as well as four earlier books by other leaders in the field including early editions of Achieving Excellence in Fundraising by Henry A. Rosso.

Her articles have appeared in Advancing Philanthropy, the publication of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), and she was a regular contributor for more than 10 years to Contributions, a publication of Emerson & Church, Medfield, MA. She has provided national and regional webinars for organizations including The Piper Trust, Arizona; California Council of Land Trusts; Bank of America; Asking Matters; Boys & Girls Clubs; the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and Hubb (Canada).

As a volunteer, she serves on the Advisory Boards of the Czech Fundraising Institute, Prague, Czech Republic, and The Institute for Nonprofit Organization Management at the University of San Francisco.  She is President of the governing board of Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, San Francisco. 

She lives and works in San Francisco and is passionate about her family, philanthropy, writing, travel and her photography.


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