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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 currently the Director of Leadership Development & Credentialing with Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP-Global).

  • All speaking and workshop request will be reviewed based on availability, with a preference for virtual events and conferences.
  • A portion of all speaking fees and book sales will be donated to organizations Ian has a deep connection with, including: 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.


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  • Twitter: @ianmadair

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Areas of Expertise
Nonprofit Leadership
Fundraising Strategy

Board Development 
Digital & Social Media
Succession Planning
Employee Engagement & Retention
Mental Health Awareness
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging

Upcoming Speaking Engagements​​ 


  • Nonprofit Leadership Alliance ELEVATE 2023 Virtual Conference, Keynote Speaker. February 24, 2023


  • Ameris Bank, DEI Virtual Series Speaker Mental Wellness Affinity Group. May 10, 2023


  • AFP Triangle Chapter, Virtual Workshop Keynote Speaker. June 6, 2023 

  • Cherokee Nation Annual Conference of Community Leaders, Speaker. June 23-24, 2023


  • Association of Leaders on Volunteer Engagment - AL!VE Academy, Virtual Keynote Speaker. July 10, 2023


  • AFP Hampton Rhodes Chapter, Keynote Speaker. September 19, 2023

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