Jackie Smith, Co-Founder and Acquisition Strategist

Hi, I'm Kari Trent Stageberg, MBA ...

I feel so blessed to have worked with, and for some of the best nonprofits in the world.

While I have an agency background, I also am currently running a small nonprofit myself. So I know inside and out the challenges that nonprofits face every day.

For years, I watched my dad run a small nonprofit. I saw the challenges he faced while he tried to bring in funding while trying to live out his passion.

I went on to get my MBA, from Azusa Pacific University and began working for a large nonprofit right out of college.

After several years of working and understanding the client-side, I made a switch to Masterworks where I learned even more about fundraising and development from the agency side.

During my 10+ years working in the agency world, I had the blessing and privilege of helping multi-million dollar nonprofits with their fundraising. My specialty is Client Services and donor communication strategy.

While I loved the challenge of helping big nonprofits, my heart was still with my dad and others like him that were running smaller nonprofits.

They didn’t have the funding to work with an agency, and I was desperate to find a way where they could.

So in 2015, I left the agency world. I started working with my dad, and Jackie and I formed The Nonprofit Consulting Shop...and the rest is history. 

I'm Here to Help You Succeed...

I have helped nonprofits for over 13 years, and have had staggering successes! Some of my highlights are:

  • Turned around high profile accounts that were about to leave the agency (One client was so happy that they actually asked me to come work on-site in their offices full time)
  • Helped increase giving for clients through innovative strategic solutions
  • Became known for not only development strategy but for my ability to adjust the fundraising processes to maximize relationships, efficiency, and results
  • Was able to problem solve not only fundraising problems but was able to see and fix process and personnel problems to create an effective and powerful team

I can't wait to help you as well.

What Clients Have to Say...


"Kari has gone above and beyond to help not only C-Life, but me personally. She has a powerful and unique way of combining strategy with easy action. Following her plan and recommendations, we have not only grown as an organization but have changed countless lives as well. We couldn't have done this without her help."

-S. Etonga, C-Life

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Clients We've Helped

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