Annual fund campaigns
Donor cultivation strategies
Major gift strategies
Elisabeth B. Galley has more than 30 years of experience as a fundraising and development professional for nonprofit arts and culture organizations. First joining ACG in 1998 as a Senior Consultant, Ms. Galley worked with Tulsa Opera, Nevada Ballet Theatre, Mozart Classical Orchestra, REPRISE! Broadway’s Best, and the Carmel Bach Festival as Interim Development Director. She rejoined the firm in 2015 to open its Dallas office and expand the Revenue Enhancement practice. Her areas of expertise include capital campaign feasibility, strategy, management, and implementation as well as maximizing major gift and annual fund programs.
Prior to rejoining ACG, Ms. Galley served as Chief Development Officer at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. Under her leadership, the museum finished its $185 million campaign one year ahead of schedule, enabling the new building to open three months early, on budget with no short or long-term debt, and with a $19 million endowment. During her five-year tenure, Ms. Galley expanded the museum’s operating reserves by $26 million and doubled its contributed revenue to $4 million annually.
“People make all the difference. Developing lasting relationships with everyone who currently supports, or could support, your organization is a high priority.”
“Identifying new sources of funding is critical to any cultural organization. Assisting board members to effectively establish relationships with those funding prospects will create a public dialogue and bring forth investments in the future of cultural organizations.”
“Communities will support vision and mission when they respect an organization’s intended impacts, professionalism, and commitment to a lasting legacy.”
For seven years, she served as Vice President of Development at the AT&T Performing Arts Center, working on the $335 million campaign to build the multi-venue complex. Ms. Galley was also Director of Development for the Colorado Springs Symphony where she was responsible for all components of the annual contributed income, including individual and corporate gifts, foundation and government grants, and special events. Prior to her tenure with the Colorado Springs Symphony, Ms. Galley was Vice President for Development at the Colorado Historical Society in Denver and served as Director of Development for Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society’s capital campaign to raise endowment, working capital reserve, special projects, and bridge funds.
Ms. Galley holds a bachelor of arts in English and master of business administration with an emphasis in marketing and nonprofit administration from the University of Delaware.
Ms. Galley’s professional and client work includes:
AT&T Performing Arts Center
Carmel Bach Festival
Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
Fort Worth Opera
Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association
Handel & Haydn Society
Houston Grand Opera
Lensic Performing Arts Center
Mozart Classical Orchestra
National Archives Foundation
Nevada Ballet Theatre
North Carolina Museum of Natural Science
Perot Museum of Nature and Science
Phoenix Art Museum
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