Meet the Team
Our team is passionate about their cause and works to provide affiliates with the support and tools they need to be successful.
Our team is changing the world by educating nonprofit leaders and fundraisers on how to make their organizations more sustainable.
The Sanford Institute of Philanthropy is made up of true cause-champions who understand the value of the effort fundraisers put forth every day.
By working to help strengthen those efforts through education, marketing materials, and personalized support, our team facilitates a network of passionate philanthropists who are equipped to make a difference in their communities.
Our Cause Champions.
The dedicated team members who make philanthropy happen.
Krista Berry Ortega, MS
Director, Sanford Institute of Philanthropy
Krista is recognized as an innovative leader and has over 16 years of diverse nonprofit experience from organizations in San Diego and New York City. Her specific areas of expertise are organizational development, philanthropy, and grassroots advocacy with professional achievements in scaling organizational impact, developing successful teams, directing fundraising operations and business development, designing successful programs and special events (and getting rid of ones that aren’t successful), and leading culture change and transitions. Before joining the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy full time in March 2018, Krista was an adjunct instructor at SIP and Bellevue University and worked as vice president at The Welty Group – a philanthropy-focused consulting firm. Prior to consulting, she worked as interim executive director for a state-wide advocacy council and a small San Diego foundation. At both organizations, she worked closely with the board and staff to create and implement diversified funding plans and effective operations to help sustain the 20+-year-old organizations. Krista earned a certificate in event management from the University of San Diego in 2010, an MS in Urban Affairs with a concentration in nonprofit management from Hunter College in 2006, and a BA in Theatre with a minor in education from Marymount Manhattan College in 2001. Krista has volunteered on several organization boards and committees and is currently serving on the Next Generation Committee for the Association of Fundraising Professionals International. Prior roles have included elected vice chair of the City Heights Area Planning Committee, board member of the Copley Price YMCA, and board secretary for Mo’olelo Performing Arts Company. Krista is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and the Association of Talent Development (ATD) and is an active advocate and resident in her community of City Heights in San Diego. In her free time, Krista enjoys dancing whenever possible and supporting her husband Javier operate their San Diego café and catering business. Contact: Email Krista or contact Krista by phone at (858) 642-8923
Program Manager, Sanford Institute of Philanthropy
As program manager, Pearl leverages relationships with the San Diego nonprofit sector to increase the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy’s (SIP) reach and build capacity of the nonprofit development workforce. She develops partnerships with nonprofit associations and experts to create free or low-cost workshops for San Diego philanthropy professionals. Pearl oversees the Fundraising Academy and builds relationships with local and national thought leaders to produce free monthly webinars. Lastly, Pearl works in partnership with SIP’s nationwide affiliate partners to ensure a strong national strategy and provide SIP’s invaluable resources to nonprofit professionals around the country. Pearl was introduced to the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy when she participated in the program’s inaugural Fundraising Academy in 2015 while in her role as stewardship manager with The San Diego Foundation. Through her participation in the certificate program, Pearl developed numerous skills to increase her own development objectives. She was ultimately offered the role of charitable giving manager, where she would work with individuals, families, private foundations, and corporations to personalize their philanthropic impact through donor advised funds. Pearl served in these roles at The San Diego Foundation for five years. Prior to joining The San Diego Foundation, Pearl served as Grants Associate at the Bainum Family Foundation in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, a private foundation that operates educational programs and projects assisting underserved youth from early childhood through post-secondary education. In this capacity, Pearl stewarded the founder’s charitable goals through academic grants and family-directed giving programs. Pearl serves on the Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP) – San Diego Chapter Steering Committee. Pearl earned a bachelor’s degree in Spanish with a minor in anthropology from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. She is a certified TELF instructor and taught intensive English in Spain and Business English in Germany. Pearl hails from the Washington, DC metropolitan area. In her free time, she renovates her home in Clairemont, goes on hikes with her dogs, husband, and daughter, and plays ultimate frisbee. She enjoys learning about new cultures and has traveled extensively to other countries and continents. She is enjoying raising a spirited toddler and introducing her to new perspectives, food, and cultures. Contact: Email Pearl or contact Pearl by phone at (619) 385-7218
Hannah F. Berger, MPA
Trainer, Sanford Institute of Philanthropy
A seasoned professional fundraiser, Ms. Berger brings a wealth of knowledge and practical experience to clients throughout the western United States. As a Senior Consultant with Fitz Non-Profit Consulting, she guides clients through major campaigns, board recruitment and development, foundation and corporate relations and international fundraising. Ms. Berger’s wealth of knowledge is essential to building a solid foundation for successful and strategic fundraising programs. Prior to becoming an independent consultant, Ms. Berger held senior management positions with the New Children’s Museum in San Diego, the Herbalife Family Foundation in Los Angeles and a national nonprofit, the Foundation for Prader-Willi Research. As Director of Development at the Foundation for Prader-Willi Research, Ms. Berger increased the organization’s major giving program from $1 million to $5 million in just 2 1⁄2 years. She is skilled at building authentic relationships with donors and matching the donor’s intent with the organization’s biggest funding needs. Ms. Berger holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration with an emphasis in Non-profit sector management from California State University, Northridge, and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of California, Irvine. Ms. Berger has been a feature instructor and presenter at conferences in California and Washington, DC and an adjunct professor and trainer for The Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at National University. Born and raised in California, Hannah is a lover of sunshine, beaches, yoga, wine, and dogs. She is a firm believer in the transformative power of philanthropy and attempts to “walk the talk” every day through community service.
Trainer, Sanford Institute of Philanthropy
Jim comes to the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy with more than 30 years’ experience in public education, both K12 and University levels. For the past five years, Jim has served as an outside consultant for several small non-profit organizations in the Dallas area doing program evaluation and strategic planning. For the past year, he has worked on a pro bono capacity to advance Harmony and has trained more than 80 teachers in the curriculum. He is currently working with the Institute of Philanthropy on its initiative to spread the Institute’s work to the Dallas-Fort Worth area. His doctoral work was in Educational Psychology, specializing in Research, Measurement, and Statistics, and worked in a large suburban Houston school district for 20 years as Executive Director of Research, Evaluation, and Accountability. Most recently, he retired from the University of Texas at Dallas, where he served as Associate Director of the Texas Education Research Center. Jim believes that everything can be measured, and looks forward to helping the Sanford programs assess their impact on the community.
Trainer, Sanford Institute of Philanthropy
In 2010, Tony Beall realized a vision and launched Mister Nonprofit Consultancy, a company focused on social change through the global development of social enterprise. Utilizing skills acquired from over 23 years of organizational leadership experience, Tony offers synergistic solutions to social enterprises in all critical areas of need. Though what Tony does is considered “consulting” from a traditional sense, his approach is far from it. In fact, he would rather call himself a “connector of dots” or “purveyor of possibilities”. Tony has received numerous national and local awards; including a National Excellence Award from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, two time recipient of the American Express Chairman’s Award for Quality and the 2012 New Small Business of the Year Award from the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce. Tony has an impressive portfolio of organizations that have benefitted from his expertise and passion. Included in that portfolio are Susan G. Komen – HQ, William J. Clinton Foundation, Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, American Foundation for AIDS Research, Humane Society, Science Olympiad, The Better Business Bureau of South Florida & The Caribbean, National Leadership Institute, City of Hallandale Beach, Palm Beach Special Needs Advisory Coalition, ArtServe, Nonprofits First, Community Foundation of Broward, Broward Healthy Start Coalition, Urban League of Palm Beach, YMCA, Children’s Home Society, Partners In Education, Rebuilding Together, and many more. Tony resides in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where he also serves as the President for the Center for Strategic Philanthropy & Civic Engagement and is an instructor for the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy. This year, 2018, Tony celebrates 20 years of service to the nonprofit sector. Core Competencies: * Board Development * Capacity Building * Capital Campaigns; Fund Development Campaigns; Electronic/Mobile Giving; Peer-to-Peer Fundraising * Leadership/Board of Director Workshops & Training * Process Improvement; Technology Enhancements * Social Entrepreneurship * Strategic Planning Contact: Email Tony or contact Krista by phone at (754) 281-8728
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