Building Nonprofit Leadership
As an experienced nonprofit professional, I can help you strengthen your organization. I have twelve years of experience as an executive director, including two interim executive director positions. In addition, I have completed trainings to be a certified interim executive and certified succession planner.
I can help executive directors sort through everything they need to do and figure out how to optimize their work.
I can provide the valuable perspective of someone who has actually led an organization as an executive director. I know what it is like as an ED to have challenging problems to deal with and no one you can talk to about them. Let me be that sounding board as your coach.
I have been involved with all steps of executive director transitions from my own departure as an executive director to hiring and training a new director. That means I can help EDs decide when it is time to leave their job, and help boards through the difficult process of finding a great candidate to lead their organization. I have made succession planning my specialty, and have extensive resources I can share with you.
“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.
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 recently completed a year long project with Community Action Partnership of Lancaster and Saunders County, overseeing their Healthy Food Access grant. 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. I have volunteered for many organizations in the community and am an experienced facilitator. In my free time, I enjoy vegetable gardening, cooking, and traveling.