Kay Crider

Kay Crider
Stewardship Consultant

Kay has 23 years of successful professional fundraising experience and has worked with numerous non-profits and congregations.

She is passionate about helping entities fund their mission through excellent annual giving programs, financial feasibility studies, and capital campaigns, as well as creating customized approaches that fit the particular character of an organization to help them define or refine vision and goals. Her expertise also includes guidance for teams that shepherd the detailed process for a building purchase, new construction or renovations. Workshops on appreciative inquiry, leadership, getting comfortable talking about money, generosity and giving, living our values through philanthropy and more, round out Kay’s portfolio.

Kay brings first hand knowledge of knowledge of good process as well as strong interpersonal skills to help entities manage their stewardship programs.  She has served on many committees and boards, most recently as Board President of the Eliot Institute. Kay also has more than a decade of experience teaching graduate courses for the business school at the University of Oregon.

Comments on Working with Kay Crider

Looking forward to financial feasibility study

“Kay was excellent and provided a great deal of information. We’re looking forward to the next phase … ”

Steve Clem, Cascade Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

Great information and great coach

“We could not have done this campaign without Kay’s help. And at difficult times she offered great information and was a great coach to us.”

Larry Sherwood, Co-Chair of Combined Annual & Capital Campaign, Boulder Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

We learned so much from Kay & Sara

“Our visiting steward program has been going great!  Lots of positive response. We are all enjoying getting to know others at a deeper level. We learned so much from you that has helped us be successful this year and will continue to help us in the future.”

—Pam Kisor, President, UU Community of the Mountains

Expertise immeasurably helpful

“As a minister, engaging in my first building project/capital campaign, I found the expertise of our consultant immeasurably helpful. She provided what we needed, when we needed it, while empowering us to stretch our leadership. We could not have done it without her, yet we feel we did it ourselves. The sign of great consultancy!”

Rev. Lydia Ferrante-Roseberry, Boulder Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

Guidance about how best to proceed

“The service was a very good value for the cost and helped us a great deal. Kay provided direct advice about the state of our financial picture and guidance about how best to proceed.”

Amanda Cater, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Bozeman

Home visits well received

“Kay gave us good advice … about the state of our financial picture and guidance about how best to proceed. We planned a clear campaign and made home visits which were well received. The service was a very good value for the cost and helped us a great deal.”  

President, Bozeman Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

Knowledgeable, inspiring, down to earth

“Kay Crider was a terrific resource. Knowledgeable, inspiring and very down-to-earth. She helped us at each step, and was a calming influence when the anxiety started to rise! She helped us bring in both the annual pledge drive and the capital campaign drive, both exceeding our goals!”

Rev. Ruth Rinehart, Boulder Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

Smartest decision our board could have made

“Kay has been an amazing resource and having engaged her was one of the smartest decisions our board could have made.”

Jason Hall, Co-Chair of Capital Campaign, Conejo Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

Expert advice, training, report

“Expert advice and deep experience of advisor. Training of stewards. Final report. Really the question might be “What wasn’t helpful?” Because EVERYTHING was helpful!”

– Stewardship Chair, Edmonds Unitarian Universalist Congregation