Building Nonprofit Leadership

Does any of this sound familiar?

  • Your executive director is resigning and you don’t know who is going to fill in until you can get a new one hired.
  • As an ED, you are feeling overwhelmed keeping everything operating smoothly.
  • You’ve started a nonprofit, but aren’t sure what to do next.
  • You want to someday leave your nonprofit job, but have no idea who can take over.

“Ingrid’s knowledge and expertise is vast, but the most memorable part about her time as our Interim ED was her passion and dedication to nonprofits. We feel special to have contracted with her as long as we did and would highly recommend Ingrid Kirst Consulting. You will truly be learning from the best.”  – Ashley Frevert, Community Action of Nebraska Executive Director.


With my extensive experience managing and growing a nonprofit with limited resources, I can benefit your organization.

I have twelve years of experience as an executive director, including two interim executive director positions. Do you need a knowledgeable person to lead your organization so the board can take the time to find the best replacement? I can help.

I can help executive directors sort through everything they need to do and figure out how to optimize their work.

Contact me at ingrid@ingridkirst.com or (402) 730-2532 to talk about what you need.


I was Executive Director of Community Crops, a local community garden nonprofit, for over eleven years. During this time, I grew the organization from a small program to an independent nonprofit organization employing twelve people with an annual budget of $400,000. I developed strong organizational procedures to manage complex funding requirements from over 20 major funders per year, and also maintained strong working relationships with dozens of local non-profits, businesses, churches, and community groups.

I am currently working on a large project with Community Action Partnership of Lancaster and Saunders County, overseeing their Healthy Food Access grant. I will still be able to consult with local nonprofits during this time, but will have more limited availability. You can read more about this project and my role here.

In addition, I am the board chair of the Southern Heights Food Forest, a local nonprofit focused on food growing education. In this role, I have raised funds, organized events, and helped with program management. In addition to the Food Forest board, I served on the Open Harvest Board of Directors and was the chair of a committee. I am is an avid vegetable gardener, cook, and traveler. My passion is to make Lincoln, Nebraska an even better place to live.

Contact me at ingrid@ingridkirst.com or (402) 730-2532 for a free hour consultation to optimize your nonprofit anywhere in the US. Let’s see how I can help you.


Additional Information

Read more about the organizations I have assisted to improve their operations.

My executive director work was featured in the Lincoln Journal Star, in the article “Ingrid Kirst growing crops and community in Lincoln“.

View my LinkedIn profile or connect with me on Facebook.