Expand Your Capacity
Trust me. We get it. Sometimes, you just need to get the work done. You need a skilled professional who can get up-to-speed quickly and produce a great work product. That’s the beauty of My Philanthropy Team. We’ve written hundreds (maybe thousands?) of award-winning grant proposals, designed and implemented decades-worth of year-end fundraising appeals, created budgets and revenue projections, prepared all manner of reports for board meetings, prepped volunteer and staff solicitors for transformational major gift solicitations, and kept revenue flowing and fundraising teams on track during staffing transitions. Short or long-term, we are here to expand the capacity of your development office so you have the resources you need to build a better future for us all.
We are fundraising experts at MPT! We’re here to help you meet your most audacious goals. Are you considering a capital campaign? Need a planning study? Or maybe it’s time to develop or refresh your strategic plan. With My Philanthropy Team, you get a solid team of professionals with a breadth and depth of experience that leads to great results.
Leadership and Staff Development
Arguably, the most challenging and important work of a leader within a social benefit corporation is developing and managing people and relationships. Lots of them. The dynamics between CEO, the board, staff, donors, and those you serve, influences (for better or worse) how your organization develops and thrives. MPT offers a variety of individual coaching and group learning experiences to help you lead with confidence and skill. Call us to learn more about Executive Coaching, Professional Mentoring, Board Development, Staff Training, and Group Coaching. We can help bring out the best in you and your team.
& Digital Media
You’re doing uber-cool, important work in the world. Your programs impact lives and build strong communities. How do you tell your story in a way that moves people to action? At MPT, we LOVE developing the strategy and language that results in powerful, donor-centric communication pieces from Case Statements to Annual Reports to Social Media posts. Our creative and talented writers work with you to write memorable and moving stories that flow across the myriad of digital and print platforms. And there’s nothing like a compelling story to secure creative partnerships that advance your mission. What are the stories you need to tell?
About My Philanthropy Team
My Philanthropy Team (MPT) was founded in 2017 by Stacy Lee Gardner in response to the devastating impact of unjust political policies and other situations throughout the world that create suffering and perpetuate inequality for our sisters and brothers around the globe.
Recognizing that long-lasting and meaningful change would only come about by like-minded, smart, motivated and caring people coming together to solve these widespread societal issues, Stacy founded a new kind of fundraising firm that meets you, the client, where you are and, in essence and in practice, becomes an extension of your fundraising team.
The specialists at MPT offer a wide range of services from capital campaign planning and leadership, to delivering hands-on work product such as grant proposals and annual reports. And perhaps most importantly, we work with you to strengthen your effectiveness through our professional mentoring and leadership development programs for both staff and trustees. We partner with the organizations and people who are making a difference—so whether you need a campaign planning study, a proposal written, or a direct response campaign conceived of and managed—call My Philanthropy Team. We’ll roll up our sleeves and partner with you to get the work done and develop the resources you need to “be the change” the world is asking of us all right now.
Statement on Racial Equity
My Philanthropy Team is a woman-owned business, with 20% of our team members identifying as BIPOC. We believe Black Lives Matter and actively engage in activities to address systemic racism in fundraising and philanthropy, as well as the society at large. We believe that unconscious racial bias exists and that white allies have the responsibility to examine their behaviors and biases and begin the work of dismantling generations of the harmful and oppressive norms perpetuated by a white dominant culture.
My Philanthropy Team works world-wide with offices in the San Francisco Bay Area (main office), Philadelphia, PA and Nairobi, Kenya.
From the Blog
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Association of Fundraising Professionals
Bennett Valley Education Foundation
Boston’s After-School for All Partnership/Boston After School and Beyond
The Boston Living Center
Boston Public Schools
Caminar for Mental Health
California College of the Arts
Center for Domestic Peace
City of Dreams
Center for Climate Protection
Community Action Marin
Dana Farber Cancer Institute
Essential Access Health
The Essential Group, LLC
Goodwill of Silicon Valley
Green for All
Harvard School of Public Health
The Home for Little Wanderers
Kenya Community Development Foundation, Nairobi, Kenya
The League of Young Voters
Lindsay Wildlife Experience
Marin Clean Energy
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art
Napa Valley Opera House
Parents United for Child Care/BOSTnet
Planned Parenthood Action Network
Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California
Planned Parenthood Development Officers’ Council
Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Planned Parenthood of Northern California
Post Carbon Institute
San Francisco Maritime National Park Association
San Francisco Women Against Rape
Save Mount Diablo
Shelter Network of San Mateo County
St. Helena Performing Arts Theater Foundation
Stand Against Domestic Violence
Stone Creek Zen Center
Swords to Plowshares
Volunteer Center of Sonoma County
Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA)
Women’s Community Clinic
Women’s Recovery Center
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
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“We radically increased our Fundraising in kind and scope utilizing greater community connections as we added more counties and grew in size. Her flexibility and ability to work quickly to deal with new challenges and opportunities always impressed me. The occasionally controversial nature of our work required sensitivity that she has in abundance. I relied on Stacy’s excellent relationships with key constituents, both internal and external. She has a sense of humor, honesty… with diplomacy, thoughtfulness and is an extraordinary writer.”
“I hired Stacy to be a key part of the delivery team on a complex multi-year, multi-national engagement my company led for an global tech company…and found that the trust I placed in her was well-deserved. Her clients… were experiencing real, measurable results… I highly recommend her!”
“Stacy is a skilled and experienced development professional with a real gift for developing clear goals and strategies in a way that is mindful of both the bottom line and the bigger picture. I’ve been pleased to work with Stacy as a coaching client, as well as extensively with capital campaign implementation and major gift work. Her expertise is a boon to any small development shop with a big vision to implement – and she is a delight to work with!”
“[Stacy] was truly and inspiration to work with. She is a strong leader with excellent communication skills. She did an amazing job leading our capital campaign. She was innovative, built a strong department and good systems thinker. She knows how to bring people together to reach a common goal. I highly recommend Stacy for any leadership or development position.”
“Stacy is an incredible fundraising consultant. She supported my agency with a multichannel year-end campaign and provided everything we needed, soup to nuts, to be successful. I was impressed with her professionalism, humor, and fundraising acumen. I’d definitely recommend her and would love to work with her again!”
“Stacy is a very experienced development professional with deep skills in all areas of a philanthropy program — from capital campaigns and individual/institutional giving to direct response fundraising. She is a collaborative leader/mentor/teacher who builds and supports strong teams. Stacy is innovative, focused, and works well with others, including those with challenging personalities. She is a woman of integrity, an effective strategist who rolls up her sleeves, and as a plus, is fun to work with.”
“Stacy took what felt like a very tailored approach to my situation and was able to offer very considered, concise and actionable advice that helped me work through a number of challenging decisions…I would heartily recommend her to anyone wanting an empathetic and expert coach.”