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About Kristi Howard-Shultz Consulting

Kristi Howard-Shultz Consulting (KHS Consulting) is a nonprofit management firm specializing in fundraising, board development, and capacity building services. We help clients to elevate their brands, grow the engagement, and build sustainable fundraising practices.  We blend data driven decisions with our years of experience to create strategies that are right-sized for our clients and evolve as they grow.

Our Values


We are resourceful, natural explorers, love learning, and are open to growth.


We are inventive.

We use our experience, imagination, and intuition to solve problems.


We are helpers and work toward common goals. We believe everyone can win!


Our work promotes fairness and equity across many aspects of society. We believe in equal economic, educational and workplace opportunities. We believe justices is key to the safety and security of individuals and communities.

A Fundraiser Who Gets It

You have a big-hearted mission and I’m here to help you achieve it. I’m a passionate leader who delights in fostering organizational growth and long-term success for nonprofits. 

Through 20 years of fundraising and nonprofit leadership, I’ve watched organization after organization hire consultants only to be left with unsustainable plans and a binder soon gathering dust. I’m committed to partnering with you to operationalize practices and deploy innovative strategies that work for your non-profit organization. I leave my clients with not only concrete, actionable plans and momentum, but an ally for the future. 

Born and raised in Indiana, my nonprofit management career began in New York City. After earning my master’s in social work at NYU, I stayed there to work in education and community development. I went on to work in program and development director roles for organizations including nationally-known, time-tested institutions like YMCA, JCC, Boy Scouts of America, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Boys & Girls Clubs. 

I have a proven track record of success in board and fund development, campaign management, and capacity building. I have built a strong reputation within the community and am sought after for my industry expertise and thought leadership. I'm a natural relationship builder who loves to put plans in action. Championing "firsts" for organization is my specialty.  

Always one to pursue growth and hone skills, I’m a proud grad of the United Way of Central Indiana Youth Leadership Initiative, UWCI Women Leaders Series, and the Central Indiana Community Foundation’s Women’s Fund OPTIONS Program. I’ve also completed training with the Gallup Institute, Franklin Covey, Sandler Sales System, and Six Sigma.

Kristi Howard-Shultz


"In three short years, Kristi grew our annual giving revenue by 16% and donors by 17%, launched our first Giving Day, which grew to include a whole Philanthropy Week, completed a successful rebrand of our annual fund, grew our leadership annual giving society membership by 20% and operationalized and improved our campaign procedures."


Jennifer Nye

Executive Director of Advancement, Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School

“Kristi is an expert facilitator. She asks thoughtful questions, listens to and acknowledges all participants. Kristi leads the discussion. Her style is warm, friendly, inclusive, and direct. She does it all and I learn from her each time!"

Kathy Mullen

Director of Education, Visually Impaired Preschool Services 

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