Stan Yogi is a gentle genius. He guided IPS, step-by-step through a successful launch of a new Planned Giving Program that we could integrate into our ongoing fundraising efforts. We looked forward to our weekly one-hour sessions with Stan for wisdom, laughter, and a clear sense of what we needed to do next. He has helped set IPS up for the next 50 years.
— Angelique Been, Development Director, and John Cavanagh, Executive Director, Institute for Policy Studies
Stan Yogi’s Planned Giving workshop was a vital step in launching my organization’s planned giving program. His easy-to-implement strategies are doable and produce results. It was a great investment!
— Jen Levy, Association of Nature Center Administrators
Stan Yogi  photo credit Michael Woolsey

Stan Yogi photo credit Michael Woolsey

Stan Yogi

Stan Yogi has more than 26 years of experience with non-profit organizations in fundraising and grantmaking. He was Director of Planned Giving at the ACLU of Northern California for 13 years, where he was also responsible for securing foundation grants and raising major annual gifts. Prior to joining the ACLU staff, he was a Program Officer for the California Council for the Humanities, a statewide organization that awards grants for cultural and educational programs. Stan has raised funds as a board member of social justice organizations, including the Horizons Foundations (the San Francisco Bay Area's LGBT community foundation), where he was Board President. He also served on the board of Northern California Grantmakers. He is the co-author (with Elaine Elinson) of the award-winning book, Wherever There's a Fight: How Runaway Slaves, Suffragists, Immigrants, Strikers, and Poets Shaped Civil Liberties in California (Heyday, 2009).

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Since the early 1980s, I’ve been an activist, staff member and board member with a variety of organizations working for equality and justice. The programmatic efforts of these and other non-profit organizations are vital, but ensuring funding for that work is also critical and more often than not under-appreciated. I’ve been fortunate that several organizations I’ve been part of are grounded in the belief that it’s important to build genuine relationships with supporters. And those groups consequently have solid bases of donors/advocates. My work as a consultant to non-profits is a way to pay-forward what I’ve experienced and learned about the power of developing and deepening relationships with donors. Through meaningful relationships with donors, we build the strength of our movements and generate the money necessary to expand our rights, to increase environmental sustainability, to care for the vulnerable, and to encourage artistic and cultural creativity. That’s the power of fundraising.
— Stan Yogi