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Company Bio

Graceful Fundraising (GF) is a company with an experienced professional at the helm.  Nancy Grace, principal, is a senior level executive, whose career spans more than 30 years and incorporates a uniquely well-rounded set of experiences.  From the beginning of her career as an investment researcher on Wall Street, to leadership positions in the corporate world and development director at a large nonprofit, her experience is trumped only by her drive to deliver innovative ideas, top-notch service and results that matter.

The focus of Graceful Fundraising is to help client organizations achieve excellence in reaching out to their most important constituents.


Professional services and capabilities include:

Fund Development – Develop successful fundraising plans, strategies, and hands-on work activities to raise profile and funds for organizations with a focus on Annual Fund.

Communication (writing, editing and planning) Nothing is more important in business than the quality of an organization’s communication.   The foundation of any good development program is effective and persuasive communication that includes quality messages, passion for the mission and a strong call to action.

Fundraising Workshops – Brief to half-day interactive presentations for boards of directors and others needing to learn more about the trends, tips and ways to make fundraising for the volunteer achievable and rewarding.



Projects/clients include:


  • Waste Not
  • Greater Desert Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation
  • Arizona Hemophilia Association
  • Arts & Business Council of Greater Phoenix
  • Homeward Bound
  • Keep Phoenix Beautiful
  • Save the Family
  • Friends of Maricopa County Animal Care & Control
  • Casa
  • Phoenix Theatre
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities
  • Jigsaw Health Foundation
  • Valley Leadership
  • The Harmon Killebrew Foundation
  • Advocates for the Disabled, Inc.
  • American Indian Veterans Memorial Organization
  • Between Nurses Foundation
  • Future for KIDS
  • Wealthpoint

Nancy Grace’s personal endeavors compliment and assist her in this community-based business.  She has served on the following nonprofit boards: Women’s Enterprise Foundation, Planned Parenthood, Big Brothers and Big Sisters and a political action fund.  She has been the event chairperson for numerous fundraising events, including Valley Leadership’s Man & Woman of the Year and Planned Parenthood’s Annual Gala.


She spent years as a ‘Big Sis’, is a graduate of Valley Leadership (Class XXII), founded and served as president of Desert Gold Diggers Investment Club, and has been involved with National Association of Women Business Owners, Association of Fundraising Professionals and International Association of Business Communicators.

Client Accolades

"Nancy has the extraordinary capacity and desire to share herself--her extensive knowledge, wisdom, and passion for our nonprofit world with all who have the desire to learn from her!"
 -Dee Mitten, President & CEO, Waste Not
 "Thanks again for a wonderful presentation and a good launching pad for AEF to step up its fundraising efforts!"!" 
- Bobbie O'Boyle, Executive Director, Arizona Educational Foundation

"On behalf of the Valley Leadership board and staff, I want to express our appreciation to you for all of the tremendous work that you are doing with our fundraising program."
- Katherine Cecala, Valley Leadership Board Chair
"Nancy is an asset to any fundraising event, firm or individual who is wise enough to contract with Graceful Fundraising!"
- Susan Quan, Project Coordinator, Fitch