Elisabeth B. Galley
Annual fund campaigns
Donor cultivation strategies
Major gift strategies
Elisabeth B. Galley has more than 34 years of experience as a fundraising and development professional for nonprofit arts and culture organizations. One of ACG's original Senior Consultants, Ms. Galley worked with Tulsa Opera, Nevada Ballet Theatre, Mozart Classical Orchestra, and the Carmel Bach Festival. She rejoined the firm in 2015 to open its Dallas office and to lead 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. She has authored several Arts Insights articles on these topics and has conducted fundraising workshops and presentations at various national and international conferences, including Opera America, the Canadian Museum Association, and American Alliance of Museums. Ms. Galley's recent client work has focused on campaign planning and feasibility studies for multimillion-dollar capital and endowment campaigns, as well as guiding the successful implementation of those campaigns.
"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."
Prior to rejoining ACG, Ms. Galley served as Chief Development Officer at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas from 2010 to 2015 where, under her leadership, the museum completed its $185 million campaign one year ahead of schedule, expanded its operating reserves by $26 million, and doubled its contributed revenue to $4 million annually. She served as Vice President of Development at the AT&T Performing Arts Center from 2003 to 2010, overseeing its $335 million campaign to build the multi-venue complex and establishing its development programs. Ms. Galley was also Director of Development for the Colorado Springs Symphony, Vice President for Development at the Colorado Historical Society in Denver, and Director of Development for Boston's Handel and Haydn Society's capital campaign to raise endowment, working capital reserve, 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
Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity
Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
City of Mesa/Mesa Arts Center
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College
Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association
Handel + Haydn Society
Houston Grand Opera
Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra
The Lensic Performing Arts Center
National Archives Foundation
Nevada Ballet Theatre
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
Phoenix Art Museum
Ruth Eckerd Hall
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