Nancy Hancock Griffith has served as an attorney and independent consultant in the field of exempt organization representation, and philanthropic and gift planning, since 2005, providing strategic planning, compliance and technical counsel, program implementation, and guidance on a wide range of business, governance, and planning issues to non-profit and tax exempt organizations of all types, as well as to individuals and professionals.
Nancy is a founding member of BauerGriffith, a business law firm providing high quality legal and business counsel to a wide array of clients, with an emphasis on non-profit organizations and small businesses. Previously, she was the Director of Institutional Advancement for The Cleveland Music Settlement, integrating all fundraising, marketing and public relations activities for its Performing Arts, Early Childhood and Music Therapy Divisions, and the Director of Major and Planned Gifts and Director of Endowment and Planned Giving for The Cleveland Orchestra, significantly expanding its sophisticated planned gift program and developing its strategy to integrate major gift solicitations across the Development Department. Prior to her work in planned giving and development, Nancy practiced corporate and securities law in Cleveland, first with the law firm of Thompson Hine, and then as Vice President in the corporate law department of KeyCorp. Nancy graduated magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, from the Case Western Reserve University School of Law, and received her Bachelor of Arts in Music and English, graduating summa cum laude, from Concordia University in Ann Arbor.
Nancy is a frequent speaker for area professional organizations, and created a well respected half-day gift planning training course, which she presents at least annually. Nancy currently serves on the boards of directors of Cleveland Play House and the Hermit Club. She is a past president and current member of the Northern Ohio Planned Giving Council, and a member of the Estate Planning Council of Cleveland, the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association and the Ohio and American Bar Associations. In addition to her professional activities, Nancy is an amateur competitive ballroom dancer, competing in Pro-Am rhythm and smooth division competitions throughout the United States and Canada.
Nancy serves as an independent senior consultant with BG Consulting Group, providing support and training for managers, volunteers and fundraisers of tax-exempt organizations.