Kristy co-founded Burns & Associates, a consulting company specializing in nonprofit structure, operations and startups. Under Kristy’s direction, clients through strategic development and leadership instituted several successful major gifts campaigns and comprehensive fundraising programs, raising millions of philanthropic dollars through direct response, strategic special events and major gift efforts. She founded two nonprofit organizations and has built nonprofit organizations from the ground up, including board development and strategic planning. Kristy has worked with clients in several areas including environmental, education, arts, historic preservation, health and wellness, political causes, and continues to contribute and collaborate on books, newsletters and blogs.
Kristy continues to raise considerable dollars for clients through philanthropic awareness, targeting messaging, and working carefully and creatively with client’s unique needs. Kristy was a special education teacher on a Lakota Sioux Indian reservation in South Dakota. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology from Valparaiso University and a Master’s in Nonprofit and Philanthropy with a concentration in Fundraising Management.