Gary Dollar is a partner with EMD Consulting, focused on helping nonprofits build organizational strength. Gary’s experience and expertise in providing leadership to the development, board and organizational dimensions of nonprofits were honed through more than 30 years of practical, successful hands-on management. As a senior leader of United Way of Greater St. Louis, including 12 years as President and CEO, Gary helped build the organization into the 5th largest (by revenue) United Way in the nation. During Gary’s leadership, the organization raised more than $1 billion and grew its annual revenue to more than $70 million.
Gary’s successful experience in fundraising, marketing, board development and establishing and focusing on a strategic direction led to his participation on numerous committees and task forces both on a local and national level and to often serving as a conference speaker. Gary enjoys helping nonprofits build new levels of success by establishing a stable foundation in the midst of today’s rapidly changing environment. Gary works with nonprofits looking to build organizational and fundraising success, nonprofit leaders in developing and communicating strategy and/or facing difficult situations/decisions, and has an affinity for and experience in working with faith-based organizations. Gary also works with corporations wanting to increase the impact of their philanthropy.
Gary is on several nonprofit boards and is an adjunct professor at Washington University’s Brown School of Social Work where he teaches a graduate class in Marketing, Resource Development and Community Relations. Gary has received numerous awards including the Association of Fundraising Professionals Lifetime Achievement Award.