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About Kristi Howard-Shultz Consulting

A Fundraiser Who Gets It

You’ve got a big-hearted mission and I’m here to help you achieve it. I’m a passionate and proven leader who delights in fostering organizational growth and long-term success for nonprofits. I meet you where you are and translate your vision into action as we implement the right strategies and tactics. 

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. What a waste! I’m committed to partnering with you to operationalize practices and deploy innovative strategies that work for your 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 nearly 20  years ago in New York City. After earning my master’s in social work at NYU, I stayed there to work in community development. I went on to work in program and development director roles for organizations including nationally-known, time-tested institutions like Boy Scouts of America, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Boys & Girls Clubs. 

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.


"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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