Your Philanthropy STL

Consulting services for nonprofit organizations

Philanthropy is defined as,

the practice of giving money and time to make life better for other people. Merriam-Webster

Are you struggling to attract the resources needed to achieve your goals?

Are you well-positioned in a crowded market for donors and volunteers?

  • We tailor our approach to fit your needs
  • You will learn how to enthusiastically secure the resources you need to thrive
  • As your abilities grow, so will your organization and your professional success

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There are thousands of fabulous ideas out there that have been developed with the greatest of intentions to make the world a better place. Thank goodness for that level of altruism and concern for others! However, there is a big expanse that must be crossed if you hope to develop your great idea into a successful nonprofit organization.

With strong discipline and practical experiences gained over decades of working in the nonprofit world, we will guide you from infancy to full maturity, one step at a time. Rome wasn’t built in a day and your organization won’t be either. It takes strong discipline, funding and leadership to achieve your dreams — let’s get started!

Beyond bricks and mortar, all organizations need infrastructure to support growth. We will work with you to assess your capital needs, develop the case for support and help you identify the prospects that are most likely to help you succeed. Through carefully constructed feasibility studies, we will tailor your approach to what best serves your organizational goals. We will help you plan each approach to meet the individual needs of your prospects — one size does not fit all. The messaging, from the creation of collateral materials to proposal writing, must reflect this.

Often referred to as the “bread and butter” of every nonprofit, there is an art and a science to constructing an annual giving program that accomplishes several critical goals.

  • Secure annual income to fund your organization’s operations
  • Grow your donor base and then sustain it for steady growth
  • Educate your donors and prospects about your organization’s mission and value to community
  • Help your donors feel great about their philanthropic investment in your organization

Giving for today (annual gifts), giving for tomorrow (major and capital gifts) and giving for the next generation (planned gifts). We will help create or grow your planned giving program to ensure that your donors have a lifetime relationship with your organization. The best way to solidify the long-term sustainability of your organization is to have a healthy base that provides ongoing funding. Is an endowment an appropriate philanthropic goal for your organization? We will help you decide.

Your board is the backbone of your organization — through their leadership and strategic direction, they help ensure strong fiscal health and the ability to respond to a rapidly changing environment. Our team will work with you and your board to assess overall strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats that impact how you lead.

Beyond an impressive three-ring binder, a strategic plan articulates where you want to go and how you intend to get there. We will help you refine your mission, vision and values and then outline the programs and services that bring clarity and meaning to your work. Throughout the process, we will ensure that at the end of the engagement, you have the tools you need to clearly articulate your case for support to current and prospective donors.

We will help create a development plan that is tailored to your specific needs. It will be dynamic and reflective of your best opportunities to secure critical contributed income. Recognizing that your donors and prospective donors have many choices for their philanthropy, this plan will be donor-centered and directed towards ensuring the long-term sustainability of your organization.

If it seems as easy as going out and asking for money, it is — but only if you do the necessary steps first. Don’t fool yourself into assuming that donors who have the capacity to give to your organization will do so if asked. First find out if what you hope to accomplish is a strategic fit with their philanthropic support and why. We will help you do this.

Foundations and corporations do give significant money away; in fact, foundations gave $66.9 billion and corporations gave $20.77 billion in charitable giving in 2017 (Giving USA). The key to securing some of this philanthropic pie for your organization is finding the right match between your organization’s needs and the funding priorities of foundation and corporate prospects. Even with a good fit, the right relationships and a well-written proposal are equally important. We can help you with this.

We can help you develop your organization’s unique brand and create an integrated marketing and communications plans to ensure your messaging is consistent, across multiple platforms, with how you wish to be perceived in the marketplace. Marketing and communications plans include strategic and competitive analysis, positioning, messaging, recommended tactics and budget.

Your website is often the first place people go to learn more about what you do. We can advise you on how to manage and refresh your current website or help you develop one. We can also guide you in social media strategies and implementation that maximize your impact with key stakeholders.

The competition for philanthropic donors is fierce. That’s why getting to know your current and prospective donors ‒ their propensity, affinity, capacity and overall potential to give ‒ before approaching them for a major gift is a critical, but often overlooked, step in the development process. An effective, targeted prospect research plan is the basis for the most successful fundraising efforts. The 2017 Major Gifts Fundraising Benchmark Study sponsored by the Association of Philanthropic Counsel notes that of the 200 organizations studied, 84% of those that met their goals “almost every year” consistently utilized prospect research tools to identify and qualify prospects. Our wealth screening and research services will help you learn more about those donors already in your database as well as those you have yet to meet.

About us:

Our team brings extensive experience and bench strength to your organization as together we determine how we can most effectively help you achieve your goals. By building on your unique strengths, we will create a plan that uses "best practices" to increase the philanthropic support that is critical to your growth and success.

Kristi Meyers Gallup, Principal

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Kristi brings more than 30 years of experience to YP-STL across multiple nonprofit sectors, having served in a variety of executive roles for nonprofit institutions including Washington University, Case Western Reserve University, Jewish Federation, The Sheldon and Covenant Place.

With extensive experience in annual, major, and planned giving, including work on multiple capital campaigns, she knows the essential elements to reach fundraising goals.

Kristi has a Bachelor's of Journalism, University of Missouri and a Masters in Nonprofit Management, Case Western Reserve University. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the St. Louis Planned Giving Council.

Nancy Burchfield, Senior Consultant

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Nancy brings 40 years of experience working in all aspects of fundraising for academic institutions and not-for-profit organizations with particular focus on major and planned giving, and volunteer leadership management and infrastructure support. She has extensive campaign experience including with Tufts University, the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, Washington University, and the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra. She retired from Missouri Baptist Medical Center in 2018.

Nancy has an A.B. degree from Simmons University. She was a Simmons volunteer as well as for many fundraising associations over the years. She especially enjoyed working with the volunteers she met and recruited during her career and is grateful for their invaluable service to the non-profits she represented.

Terri Leyton, Senior Consultant

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Terri Leyton has served as a frontline fundraiser and development researcher for 20+ years. With extensive experience in front of donors and behind the scenes, she enjoys utilizing a data-driven approach to identify, screen, qualify, solicit and steward donors in the most effective way possible. Terri served as vice president of development for the Arts and Education Council of Greater St. Louis and held development research and director positions during a 14-year career at Washington University in St. Louis. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Political Science from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and a master’s degree in Nonprofit Management from Washington University.

Lynn Maupin, Administrator and Consultant

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Lynn Maupin has more than 30 years of experience in the arts administration field including serving as Program Manager for the Community Arts and Arts Education programs for the Missouri Arts Council, Director of Grants and Constituent Relations and Special Projects Manager for the Regional Arts Commission, Development Manager for Arts in Transit, and Grants Manager for St. Louis ArtWorks. Her expertise includes grant making, grant writing, program development, project management, volunteer management, and fundraising. She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Colorado and a master’s degree in Community Arts Management from the University of Illinois.

Stephanie Prewitt, Senior Consultant

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Stephanie Prewitt's career in development spans more than 20 years through her time with Missouri State University, Children's Miracle Network, the Missouri Botanical Garden, Humane Society of Missouri and Saint Louis Zoo. She is a results-oriented fundraiser, experienced in grant writing, annual fund planning, membership, integrated marketing campaigns, major gifts, and volunteer management. Stephanie finds joy in making an impact by connecting people to their passions. She's also a gymnastics and hockey mom, a horse lover, and a volunteer for Kirkwood School District and KSD's Nutrition on Weekends program.

Stephanie has a Bachelor's in English from the University of Missouri, Columbia.

Our clients:

  • Alaska Wilderness League
  • Beyond Housing
  • Chamber Music Society of St. Louis
  • Common Circles
  • Danforth Plant Science Center
  • HEAL Center for Arts
  • Home Sweet Home
  • Lift for Life Academy
  • Missouri State Parks Foundation
  • Navigate STL Schools
  • Noble Neighbor
  • Parkland Health Center
  • St. Louis Jewish Light
  • St. Louis Kaplan Feldman Holocaust Museum
  • St. Louis Fire Department Lifesaving Foundation
  • Tennessee Williams Festival
  • Upstream Theater
  • Voices for Children
“There are a variety of ways to raise support for not for profits, Ms. Gallup brings a fresh set of eyes and can strategically figure out the best, most efficient approach that will have the greatest impact for our bottom line. Having a professional guiding our team is a breath of fresh air that keeps us focused on achieving our goals.” Marshall Cohen, Executive Director, Lift for Life Academy
“Kristi Gallup was the right consultant at the right time for Alaska Wilderness League. She came in at a time of transition and helped not only stabilize our development program but set us on a strong plan of action that has led to measurable results with increased major gifts. Her efforts helped overhaul our major gift program, enhance our donor engagement and initiate a robust planned giving effort that we’ve been able to build on.” Adam Kolton, Executive Director, Alaska Wilderness League
“Chamber Music Society of St. Louis is indebted to Kristi Gallup of Your Philanthropy, LLC. Hiring Kristi to help with development was a great decision and she gave us precisely what we needed with pragmatic and effective ideas. Kristi provided excellent leadership in an inspiring and collaborative process. We are extremely satisfied with the high quality of deliverables and enthusiastically recommend her services.” Marc Gordon, Executive Director, Chamber Music Society of St. Louis

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Every nonprofit has a mission and vision for how it will improve the world — let us help you get there! Contact us today for a free one-hour consultation: