Kay Sprinkel Grace is an internationally acclaimed independent consultant, speaker, facilitator, and writer. After successful careers in journalism and education, she became a development professional in 1979, working in several organizations before starting her own consulting firm in 1989. She 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, fundraising, 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. She is the author of seven books related to philanthropic practices and board engagement. 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. 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.