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 Bio Ian Adair

Simply put, Ian Adair builds successful nonprofits. Ian is a three-time nonprofit CEO; and a recognized expert in leadership, fundraising, and nonprofit management. Ian has raised tens of millions of dollars by focusing on ONE strategy - Winning Donor Attention.


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

Ian is a speaker, author, and advocate concerning mental health awareness and addressing mental health in the workplace. Ian is the author of the book Stronger Than Stigma, A Call To Action - Stories of Grief, Loss, and Inspiration!


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 is starting his new role as the Director of Leadership Development & Credentialing with Association of Fundraising Professionals, AFP-Global in September and will only be able to take on a few speaking opportunities each year.

  • All speaking and workshop request will be reviewed based on availability.
  • A portion of all speaking fees and book sales will be donated to organizations Ian has a deep connection with, including but not limited to: Gracepoint Foundation, AFP Foundations for Philanthropy, and the Lutes Family Foundation.

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Ian Adair builds successful nonprofits by winning donor attention, cultivating strong boards, and by revitalizing mission awareness with stakeholders and

community partners.


Book your keynote or

workshop today! 





  • Twitter: @ianmadair

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Areas of Expertise
Fundraising Strategy
Board Development 
Digital & Social Media
Succession Planning
Nonprofit Leadership
Employee Engagement & Retention
Mental Health Awareness
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Upcoming Speaking Engagements 


  • Cherokee Nation Annual Conference of Community Leaders, Speaker. August 6. Virtual Conference.


  • IR+M (Income Research Management), Suicide Awareness and Prevention Virtual Presentation. September 1, 2022.


  • Mental Health Collaborative of Indian River County - Unstruggle Campaign Keynote Speaker. October 6, 2022. Vero Beach, FL.


  • AFP Northeast Indiana - National Philanthropy Day, Keynote Speaker. November 1. Fort Wayne, IN.

  • Fort Wayne Zoo – Mental Health and Leadership Training, November 2, 2022. Fort Wayne, IN.

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