About Kelly Smith Taylor,

Fundraising & Public Policy Professional

Kelly Smith Taylor is a dedicated fundraising and nonprofit development professional with a passion for driving year-over-year fundraising success and program impact through strategic planning. She finds inspiration in seeing organizations, teams, and individuals unlock their full potential.

Her policy analysis was published in the Lexington Herald Leader. She has continued the core mission to advance liberty through philanthropy.

Kelly’s passion lies in creating opportunities for fundraising growth and success for organizations that protect children, promote freedom and prosperity, are devoted to historic preservation, drive education outcomes and champion faith.

Her expertise includes grant writing, strategic planning including systems and automations, high dollar direct mail programs and high dollar prospect acquisition. Finally, she values helping clients creatively and clearly communicate an organization’s mission through the organization’s impact. What she enjoys most about her work in development is connecting and listening to people, understanding their vision, and finding alignment between mission and potential funders. Kelly is a creative thinker, focused doer, and connector who excels at distilling essential information to turn ideas into impact.

“Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days.” Ecclesiastes 11:1


“Kelly is fantastic. She gets how think tanks are supposed to function and is always thinking of new ways to make connections. Perhaps most importantly, she’s unwilling to sacrifice the broad mission of an organization for short-run gain.”

Caleb, Cato Institute

Areas of Expertise

  • High Dollar Direct Mail Programs
  • Donor Research & Getting the Meeting
  • Public Policy, Legislative Affairs & Government
  • Grant Writing & Reporting
  • Major Gifts
  • Database Management & Automations
  • Grassroots
  • Strategic Partnerships
  • Capacity Building
  • Strategy & Assessment
  • Event Planning
  • Speech Writing
  • Creative Writing
  • Public Speaking
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