Jeffrey D. Byrne

Jeffrey D. Byrne, President + CEO

Jeffrey’s decades of experience in the nonprofit sector continues to improve lives through philanthropy and build clients’ capacity by connecting stakeholders to missions. His intensive work with numerous organizations, with thousands of volunteers and on scores of client projects has provided him invaluable experience in the field of fundraising.
 
Jeffrey brings a distinctive, client-focused philosophy to fundraising, financial development, and capital campaign planning and management. A fourth generation farmer, Jeffrey’s client relationships reflect his upbringing, work ethic and strong commitment to advance philanthropy.
 
Jeffrey has spearheaded campaigns for a broad spectrum of clients:  from rural nonprofits needing to increase healthcare services within their communities to national membership organizations seeking to improve programs for constituents throughout the country. Among his successes are The Harry S. Truman Library Institute for National and International Affairs, National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial, Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, American Academy of Family Physicians, The Nature Conservancy – Kansas Chapter, Powell Gardens, Bishop Spencer Place, The Foundation for Mount Nittany Medical Center, hundreds of YMCAs and dozens of faith-based campaigns.
 
Jeffrey founded the only Kansas City firm to be accepted into The Giving Institute, which is most recognized for embodying the values of ethics, excellence and leadership in advancing philanthropy.  He currently serves as Chair for The Giving Institute and is also on the Board of the Giving USA Foundation. 
 
Jeffrey and his firm’s associates have successfully guided more than 320 nonprofit organizations through campaigns raising more than $1,250,000,000, for clients across all subsectors: arts/culture/humanities, education, environment, faith-based, healthcare, senior living and social services.
 
Jeffrey’s efforts as a leading fundraising practitioner were recognized in 1998 when he received the “Excellence in Fundraising Award” presented by the Greater Kansas City Council on Philanthropy (known today as Nonprofit Connect.)
 
Today, Jeffrey’s fundraising leadership is shared with the nonprofit community through numerous workshops, seminars and keynote addresses he delivers throughout the country on a broad range of fundraising topics. His writings appear in numerous publications and he is also a recurring guest on KC Cares, Kansas City’s only radio program by, for and about the nonprofit community.
 
A graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia with a bachelor’s degree in political science, Jeffrey serves on numerous nonprofit boards and is the proud owner of Kensington, a Border Collie, and Hollyrood, a Miniature Australian Shepherd.
 
 
Jeffrey’s Civic Engagement (a sampling of current + past activities include):
 
St. Lukes’ Cardiac Advisory Committee
Charitable Giving Coalition, Board Member
Giving USA Foundation, Board Member

Giving Institute Board, Vice Chair of Executive Committee (national association promoting professional fundraising and philanthropy)

KC Cares (Kansas City radio program for the nonprofit community)
Nonprofit Connect (formerly the Greater Kansas City Council on Philanthropy)
     501 (c) Success National Speaker Series Task Force
     Board Member and Program Committee
     Board Chair
     Chair, Strategic Planning Task Force
     Chair, Awards Selection Committee
     Chair, Awards Luncheon
     “1998 Nonprofit Executive of the Year” (formerly the “Excellence in Fundraising Award”)
University of Missouri, College of Arts & Science, Kansas City Advisory Board
University of Missouri, Political Science Advisory Board
University of Missouri Jefferson Club
Kansas City Camerata Chamber Orchestra Board (formerly the Chamber Orchestra)
Kansas City Chorale Board (Grammy Award-winning, world-class chorale group)
SAVE, Inc. Board (HIV/AIDS housing)
Kansas City Tomorrow Alumni Association Board and Chair (Kansas City civic council leadership program)
St. Paul Episcopal Church (Vestry and Junior Warden)
Heartland Men’s Chorus Board (men’s chorus)
Governor’s Task Force on Economic Development (The Honorable Jeremiah “Jay” Nixon)
Rockhill Club Board and Treasurer (social club)
The Carriage Club (social club)
Cordillera Golf Club (golf and social club)