“Philanthropy is giving of yourself to others—whether through financial or in-kind gifts, volunteerism, or the simple act of making someone’s life just a little bit better. A smile, a good deed, a helping hand—all of it creates a ripple effect that feels good for the giver and the receiver.”
Stacey Wedding is the Founder, CEO, and Chief Strategist at Professionals in Philanthropy. She specializes in work with nonprofit organizations and philanthropists, providing expertise that leads to measurable results for her clients.
There aren’t many people born and raised in Las Vegas, but there aren’t many people like Stacey Wedding. How many people commit their lives to making a profound difference in the world? How many people care more about the money they give than the money they make? How many people serve on several boards, commit several hours to volunteer service, and create a full-time business centered on philanthropy? There’s only one person we know of here at PiP, and we’re lucky enough to call her our Founder and Chief Strategist.
If you want to know about the nonprofit sector, board governance, or the detailed workings of Las Vegas philanthropy, there is no one better that we can recommend (even after taking our biases into account). After working on the executive management team of the Nevada Community Foundation (NCF), Stacey founded a philanthropic consultancy in 2006 to pursue her dream of creating lasting change in our communities, our country, and our world. Sure, it’s an ambitious goal. But it was coming from the ambitious young nonprofit professional who had just helped to grow NCF from $10 million to $25 million.
While we are immensely proud of the dream that Stacey has committed to making a reality, we really can’t say that we didn’t see it coming. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, “settling” for a summa cum laude designation from the Honors College. She began her career in the Corporate Communications Department of NV Energy (formerly Nevada Power Company), and then moved on to Ballard Communications (a local public relations firm) where she received two prestigious Pinnacle Awards for her work. UNLV was quick to add a vote of confidence, naming her the UNLV 2004 Outstanding Alumnus. Her future was open to many avenues of success, but Stacey has different metrics to measure true accomplishment.
It is not enough to receive awards or hold impressive titles. For Stacey Wedding, success is about the good you do. While she claims her values led her to use that standard, those who know Stacey best suspect she uses it to measure herself because she’s so good at doing good. She dedicates more than her professional life to serving organizations and individuals, one look at her list volunteer activities will tell you this is more than just her “job.” She is past board president and current board member of NevadaGIVES; creator and volunteer chair of Nevada’s Big Give; board member of Grantwell; advisory board member of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network; advisory board member of The Lincy Institute’s Social Services Collaborative; board member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP)-Las Vegas Chapter; board member of Wagging Tales Rescue; We R Community guest presenter; DJs for PJs volunteer; and a mentor to Type 1 diabetics and their families. While Stacey can certainly talk the talk, it was of utmost importance that she also walk the walk.
This made Stacey conscientious not only of what she did, but of what her team members did as well. She created a culture with PiP, and it’s one where giving back is just a way of life. She and her team members provide more than 750 hours of volunteer service to local charities each year (which means at least once every day, someone from the PiP team is volunteering for a couple of hours), and PiP donates 10% of net revenues annually to charitable organizations. What little time she has left after serving as a professional “do gooder,” is quickly taken by the extensive list of people who benefit from her contagious optimism and quick humor. Stacey enjoys spending time with her clients and friends (although it strangely seems that most people can’t help but become one after being the other). It does seem as though her entire life revolves around service, because that time spent with friends is often spent in volunteerism. It’s a good thing that she has a supportive husband with a heart as big as Stacey needs.
Jeff Wedding is an archaeologist with the Desert Research Institute, and both of them get great pleasure from doing their philanthropy through their charitable fund at the Nevada Community Foundation—the Jeffery and Stacey Wedding Charitable Fund—while also volunteering their time on boards and for community projects that fulfill their personal passions. Jeff and Stacey love their “fur babies,” which I’m sure you can guess are rescue puppies who are pampered like most of us can only dream.
Stacey might be wine tasting, attending her book club, or jumping out of a plane (did we mention she enjoys a thrill?), but you can bet that in anything she does, her mind is always on the good she can provide for those around her. Stacey Wedding changes lives and changes communities. At PiP, we very literally owe who we are to her efforts, and we can’t think of a better source for inspiration. In case you need a little more convincing of how awesome she really is, feel free to read the lengthy list of her accomplishments below!
Receiving certification from BoardSource as one of their Certified Board Governance Trainers. Stacey is only one of 100 consultants nationwide to receive this esteemed honor and the only consultant in Nevada with this certification! Pretty cool, huh?
- Being recognized by VEGAS INC as one of their “Women to Watch” in 2012
- Being recognized by the Cultural Diversity Foundation for their Golden Hand Service Award in 2011
- Receiving the Community Spirit Award from KLAS-TV 8 in 2008
- Receiving the prestigious Athena Award from the Women’s Chamber in Commerce in 2008
- Being recognized as a “Person of Influence” by InBusiness Las Vegas (now VEGAS INC) in 2007 and a “Rising Star Under 40″ by InBusiness Las Vegas in 2004
- Receiving the Nevada Business Journal’s “Top Business Professionals Under 40 Award” in 2002
- Graduating from the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Las Vegas Class of 2003
- Being a member of Vistage, an international peer advisory CEO group, for four years
- Graduating from the Hardwood Institute’s Public Innovators Lab
- Keynote speaking engagements nationwide
- Being the proud creator and passionate supporter of Nevada’s Big Give