Patricia Rich, ACFRE, is a founding partner of EMD Consulting Group. She has consulted throughout the country and overseas on fundraising, planning, executive search, membership and nonprofit management issues. She is an ACFRE, the highest accreditation in the fundraising profession.
She was formerly the president of the Arts and Education Council for nine years (the united arts fund in St. Louis) and prior to that she was director of planning and development at the Missouri Botanical Garden, working for the Garden for ten years. In these positions she has had responsibility for all phases of fundraising (annual campaign, major gifts, capital campaigns, proposals, corporate and foundation relations, planned giving, special events), strategic planning and nonprofit management.
In the community she has been on the board of Craft Alliance, a contemporary fine art craft gallery and education center, and on the Board of Visitors of the Organization for Tropical Studies in San Jose, Costa Rica. She has been a member of numerous civic groups including the St. Louis Forum and the Junior League. She is the founding president of the Women’s Foundation of Greater Saint Louis. She speaks at fundraising conferences, at meetings for nonprofit groups and for many years taught the fundraising course at UM-St. Louis. She has also completed the AFP Faculty Training Academy, which focuses on teaching techniques for adult learners. From 1990-1993 she served as a police commissioner of St. Louis County, the first woman to be appointed to the commission.
She currently serves on the National Research Council for the Association of Fundraising Professionals and has been on the National Board; she is a past president of the St. Louis chapter. In 1994, the St. Louis Chapter of AFP named her the Fund Raising Executive of the Year. She has also been honored by the St. Louis Forum as a Trailblazer; by Safe Connections as one of 20 women who have made a difference; by the YWCA of Metropolitan St. Louis as a Nonprofit Leader; by the University of Missouri-St. Louis as a Trailblazer; and received the certificate of achievement from the Missouri Women’s Network. She is a graduate of Leadership St. Louis.
The second edition of her book on membership was published in December 2015. Membership Marketing in the Digital Age is available through Rowman & Littlefield, the publishers, as well as Amazon.
Her clients have included arts, botanical gardens, art, history and children’s museums, science centers and related groups, performing arts and social service, education and health care organizations. She holds a B. A. and M. A. in English language and literature from the University of Michigan.
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