Meet My Philanthropy Team

Stacy Lee Gardner

Founder & CEO

Hello Friends! I am so delighted you are here. My hope for you is that you find what you need to help your social benefit corporation succeed right here, right now, with My Philanthropy Team.

My professional journey includes nearly three decades as a senior executive and chief development officer with game-changing third-sector organizations and many years as a successful consultant and entrepreneur. During this time, I’ve done everything from developing resources for small, community-based organizations to running transformational capital campaigns, to serving as a Senior Vice President for a large, international health, education, and advocacy organization. At the heart of all of my work is a deep calling to provide a voice, resources, and a road map to those that are working to make positive change in the world. I’ve collaborated with corporate and non-profit CEOs, senior executives, tech innovators, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, artists, and elected officials to transform our social and political landscape. As a philanthropy specialist and ICF certified coach, I am committed to working with individuals and groups at all levels of organizational and personal development to bring the skills and resources necessary for optimal growth and long-term sustainability.

I care deeply about equality and leveling the playing field. I’m progressive by nature, a social justice activist, a California native, and committed to service. I’ve served on many boards and currently serve on the board of directors of the Association of Fundraising Professional Golden Gate Chapter. On a personal note, I am an arts enthusiast and a student of ancient wisdom traditions. My intention is to live a helpful and productive life, and to teach my children to always try do to “the next right thing.” Now, I’d love to hear about YOU!

Jena Hayashi, MPA

Jena Hayashi, MPA

Senior Philanthropy Specialist

I am a strategist with more than a decade of experience as a fundraising professional. I am skilled at creating new initiatives, taking projects from concept design to strategy development, and securing the funding necessary for implementation. My experience includes senior leadership roles with KQED Public Media and San Francisco Unified School District, and consulting engagements with multiple Boys and Girls Clubs and private schools.

I have deep experience building and managing multi-million-dollar portfolios of corporate and foundation funders and authoring and designing visually-captivating communication pieces including annual reports, newsletters, and social media content – all designed to demonstrate impact and deepen donor engagement. I am a digital native and, in addition to my writing and communication skills, I am a Certified Salesforce CRM System Administrator. A graduate of Standford University, I am a member of the Pi Alpha Alpha Honor Society for Public Affairs and Administration, a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals – Golden Gate Chaper, and an active community volunteer.

Brooke Burns

Brooke Burns

Senior Philanthropy Specialist

Twenty five years ago, I wrote my first grant proposal while working for a child welfare organization in Boston. When that grant was funded, I saw the impact it had on the daily lives of low-income children and families and knew I had found my vocation. Since then, I’ve been fortunate to be part of many dynamic development teams, from small community-based non-profits to Harvard-affiliated research institutes. Over the years, I amassed experience in proposal development and grant writing; copywriting for brochures, newsletters and annual reports; and managing donor stewardship for museums and membership organizations.

Community involvement is an integral part of my professional and personal life. I currently serve as the Board President for my community’s education foundation to enhance the visual and performing arts curriculum in local public schools and am an active volunteer at both of my children’s schools. I’m a Boston University grad, with a degree in Secondary English Education.

Whether I’m working with a group of passionate community organizers, dedicated educators, discerning museum curators or cutting edge oncologists, I feel privileged to be part of a profession that constantly inspires and motivates me. I look forward to working with you and your organization to help you achieve your goals.

Sara Gorsky

Sara Gorsky

Digital Media & Design Specialist

Philanthropy has been baked into my heart & soul from the time I was a little girl. I was lucky enough to be raised by parents who instilled in me the importance of generosity and lifting up those who need a helping hand. The importance of leaving the world a better place than how I found it has never left me. Now, as an adult, my commitment has manifested in a great many relationships with non-profits as a supporter, an administrator, and a marketing professional.

I love my role at MPT, as I get to integrate my deep personal values with my work. My areas of expertise include creating and executing multi-media marketing campaigns, designing high impact websites, creating brand and logo packages, and developing social media, email, and ad campaigns. But don’t worry—I’m also skilled at designing more traditional collateral pieces such as invitations, brochures and annual reports. My experience includes working with a wide variety of clients, including artists, emerging grassroots nonprofits, and large, well-established CBOs. I’m here to help you tell your organization’s unique and powerful story so that you can raise the funds needed to achieve your organization’s mission—and I’m so excited to be doing this with My Philanthropy Team!

Currently, I live in Los Angeles and in additional to my work with My Philanthropy Team, I am honored to serve on the boards of A Cause for Entertainment, a breast cancer research and patient support organization, and Get It Girl, a female filmmaker empowerment organization.

Leslie Barron-Johnson

Leslie Barron-Johnson

Senior Project Director & Philanthropy Specialist

I have more then twenty years of experience working as a health care executive, serving in serveral Vice President roles at a nationally recognized health care association. With my expertise in operations and developing and overseeing programs, I have built many operational functions and clinical programs from the ground up.

Throughout my career, I have partnered closely with Development Departments in meeting and cultivating donors and trustees, soliciting gifts, developing and writing grant proposals, managing foundation relations, and being a strategic partner in capital campaigns. For 18 years, I wrote and managed all aspects of a federal grant that started at $50,000 and grew to nearly one million dollars.

I started my career working as a counselor at a women’s emergency shelter where I learned firsthand the many obstacles facing women and families in crisis. A lifelong advocate for political justice, I most recently worked as a volunteer in serveral local elections and campaigns. I currently serve on the Board of Directors for Health Outreach Partners in Oakland, CA.

Christine Njoki Kuriah, MPA

Christine Njoki Kuriah, MPA

Senior Philanthropy Specialist

I’m Christine and delighted to tell you a little bit about myself. I am a passionate individual who cares deeply about freedom and democracy, be it here in the US or my native Kenya. For the past two decades, I have partnerd with organizations around the globe to bring my fundraising and operations expertise improve the lives and health of people and the environment. Now I’m excited to be a part of My Philanthropy Team so that I can help more great causes do the critical work necessary to change our world for the better.

One could say my “super power” is running smooth and powerful direct response fundraising programs and “back of house” operations. I enjoy developing, monitoring and evaluating annual fundraising programs, managing and coordinating the complexities of reorganizing and restructuring existing systems and operations, program operations and systems management, database administration, data analysis and financial reporting, budget development, reforecasting and cash flow projections, strategic planning, increasing revenue capacity, audit preparation, accreditation compliance and accountability, as well as coaching and supervising both professional and support staff.

I hold a Master of Public Administration degree from California State University, East Bay (summa cum laude), specializing in Public Management and Health Care Administration and a B.Sc. degree in Psychology from Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada.

Martha Henderson

Martha Henderson

Senior Philanthropy Specialist

I’m a development professional with many years of fundraising leadership in a wide variety of national, statewide, and local public benefit organizations.

My fundraising experience includes capital campaigns, major gifts, annual campaigns, direct marketing, legacy giving, and events. Communications and stewardship that delight the donor are particularly gratifying aspects of organizational development for me. My writing includes direct marketing campaigns, major gift proposals, newsletters, legacy giving materials, and email campaigns.

My expertise extends to the administrative side, as well. I understand budget development, donor databases, personnel management, and non-profit accounting protocols. I have had the great pleasure of managing teams in a collaborative way that support both excellence in organizational advancement as well as individual professional development.

I have led successful advancement efforts for such varied organizations as Sustainable Conservation, California State Parks Foundation, Park Day School, American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter, American Friends Service Committee, and Rosie the Riveter Trust.

I bring an upbeat and calm energy to the workplace, especially valued at organizations experiencing transitions and rapid growth.

Michael Stein

Michael Stein

Senior Digital Strategist

I’ve been a writer and digital strategist to progressive social causes since the birth of the Internet. I work as a freelance consultant and coach to nonprofits, foundations and other civic organizations with a focus on digital engagement, online fundraising, social media presence, and email and website usability. Formerly I was a Senior Account Executive at the Mal Warwick Donordigital direct response fundraising agency. I currently serve as a Board Member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Golden Gate Chapter. I’m also the author of three books and numerous articles chronicling the rise of digital marketing, mobile, and online fundraising. In 1997, I co-authored the groundbreaking book Fundraising on the Internet: Recruiting and Renewing Donors Online with Nick Allen and Mal Warwick. I have also provided digital strategic support to numerous organizations, including: Planned Parenthood Federation of America, William J. Clinton Foundation, Consumer Reports, Habitat for Humanity International, Northern California Grantmakers, Ploughshares Fund, and Middle East Children’s Alliance.

Piper Andersen

Piper Andersen

Philanthropy Associate

I have over 20 years of experience in Nonprofit and Special Event Managment, excelling at creative stratety and coordination of projects, events and development and marketing campaigns.

I am a passionate and committed believer in the power that nonprofits have to make the world a better place.  In my early career, I served as a Program Director for a variety of child-focused nonprofits, including the Sonoma County Family YMCA, New Zealand YMCA, and the Boys and Girls Clubs of San Francisco.  In addition, I have worked as a Hospitality and Special Event Manager for multiple companies throughout the greater Bay Area and as Development and Special Events Director for Jack London Park Partners in Glen Ellen, California.  Most recently, I have overseen marketing and special event support for One Drop of Kindness, an organization that focuses on building kindness in schools through book distibution and assemblies.  I am a graduate of California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor of Science in Recreation Administration.

What People Are Saying

“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.”

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