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 Bio Ian Adair

Simply put, Ian Adair builds successful nonprofits. Ian is a three-time nonprofit CEO and fund development expert, who has raised tens of millions of dollars by focusing on ONE strategy - Winning Donor Attention.


Ian has spent more than 20 years learning best practices that lead to success in fundraising, communications, and organizational growth that values sustainability while driving mission awareness and program impact. 


Ian introduced the nonprofit sector  to the concept of Attention-Focused Fundraising in order to help nonprofits break through the noise, improve donor retention and engagement, and win donor time.



Ian's keynotes and training sessions are well known in the nonprofit  industry for their high energy, radical candor, and humor. Ian is sought after for his tell it like it is style, tactical advice, and for tailoring every keynote and workshop to the needs of the audience in front of him.

Ian launched Strategy 27 to share the value of his experience with organizations and professionals struggling in an ever changing philanthropic landscape.

Services include; conference keynotes and workshops, strategic planning, website/digital & social media platform audits, Board retreats, and executive level mentoring. 

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I help build successful nonprofits by winning donor attention, cultivating strong boards, and by revitalizing mission awareness with stakeholders and community partners.


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Ian Adair, Trainer & National Speaker



  • Twitter: @ianmadair

  • Instagram: @ianmadair

  • LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/ianadair2010

Areas of Expertise
Fundraising Strategy
Branding & Storytelling
Board Development 
Digital & Social Media
Succession Planning
Nonprofit Leadership
Employee Engagement & Retention
Mental Health Awareness
Upcoming Speaking Engagements
  • AFP Global Webinar: Below the Surface: Mental Health and Psychological Safety in the Nonprofit Sector - Thursday, December 12, 2019



  • AFP Las Vegas: Keynote Speaker, Friday, January 17, 2020 - Las Vegas, NV.

  • Emerging Leaders of Tampa Bay, Empower Lunch Series, Keynote Speaker. Friday, January 31, 2020 - Tampa, FL.

Ian on Fundraising and Nonprofit Management