Jeffrey D. Byrne

Jeffrey D. Byrne, President + CEO

Jeffrey is the Founder and President + CEO of Jeffrey Byrne + Associates, Inc. which has partnered with more than 330 organizations to raise more than $1,300,000,000.  Jeffrey’s fundraising experience spans nearly three decades, with expertise in spearheading major gift, capital and endowment campaigns for luminaries like the Harry S. Truman Presidential Museum and Library, Liberty Memorial National World War I Museum, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, the Kansas City Ballet Todd Bolender Center for Dance and Creativity, the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, scores of YMCAs, numerous chapters of The Nature Conservancy, environmental, animal rights and health and human services organizations and his beloved alma mater, The University of Missouri.

Recognized for his distinctive client-focused philosophy to fundraising, Jeffrey is a frequent guest speaker at workshops and conferences across the United States.  He has been quoted in numerous publications including the New York Times, The Chronicle of Philanthropy and Kansas City Star, and has been interviewed on many public radio and television stations.

Jeffrey Byrne + Associates, Inc. is among a select group of fundraising consulting firms in the country to be accepted into The Giving Institute, an 80-year old national professional association most recognized for embodying the values of ethics, excellence and leadership in advancing philanthropy. Jeffrey has the honor of Chairing The Giving Institute Board of Directors (2015-2017).

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 Midwestern upbringing, work ethic and strong commitment to advance philanthropy. Jeffrey graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a B.A. in Political Science and proudly parents a Border Collie (Kensie) and Miniature Australian Shepherd (Holly).

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

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

Missouri Health and Educational Facilities Authority, Treasurer

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)