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Julie Gillis

Welcome! I'm a nonprofit leader, coach and consultant focused on building healthy human systems so that resources can flow easily into the organization.

All organizations need resources-those are usually funds, volunteers, time, and people. I want to help your nonprofit gain more access to those resources so you can keep doing good in the world. 

I love fundraising, strategy, building community, and enhancing board growth all while keeping people and their stories at the heart of the work. My goal is to analyze, advise, and transform your leadership so that your nonprofit can soar (and maybe even have a lot of fun while you work)!

In addition, I love helping leaders clarify their story-personally and organizationally so that they can make the biggest impact in their work. I use humor and vulnerability throughout my work and would love to help you too!  I've had a diverse set of clients-from arts and culture to human rights and bodily advocacy. 


My professional and consulting work includes ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Southern Oregon PBS, Planned Parenthood of SW Oregon, Ashland New Plays Festival, Ashland Children’s Theatre, Collaborative Theatre Project, the Rogue Action Center, Salvage Vanguard Theater, The Vortex Rep, The Woodhull Foundation, Lilith Fund, NARAL Pro Choice Texas, New Leaders Council Austin, Shift Stigma, the UT Gender and Sexuality Center, Queerbomb and the Day of the Dead Race.

I've presented many talks on community building and development, storytelling, human rights, and creativity. I've presented at SXSW, TED X Great Hills, Southern Oregon University, The Women’s Leadership Connection, The AAUW Rogue Valley, Southern Oregon PBS, The University of Texas at Austin, Woodhull Foundation and emceed at TED X Ashland, The Texas Observer, and many other events. I've been honored to have coached hundreds of leaders, speakers and writers over the past 25 years


"As a nonprofit leader, I hold and co-build space for people to grow well and do good things.


I do this through human systems processes, storytelling, improvisational theater forms, change management, and good old-fashioned relationship building. By emphasizing principles of collaboration, I foster healthy systems within organizations. This in turn allows staff and volunteers to thrive while also resourcing the organization to achieve its mission. 


Through this work, I’ve built successful development departments and raised millions of dollars for nonprofits and the communities they serve, while also supporting the growth of healthy systems and happy employees." 

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