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Ian Adair builds successful nonprofits by winning donor attention, cultivating strong boards, implementing innovative programs, and by cultivating mission awareness with stakeholders and community partners.


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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, communication, 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 sector 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.
  • Preference will be given to virtual events, nonprofit and leadership conferences, digital and social media audits, Board retreats, and fundraising strategy reviews.

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Areas of Expertise
Nonprofit Leadership

Board Development 
Storytelling & Communication
Succession Planning
Employee Engagement & Retention
Mental Health Awareness
Creating a culture of Belonging and Psychological Safety

Recent & Upcoming Speaking Engagements​​ 



  • Nonprofit Leadership Alliance - National CNP Day, Keynote Speaker. March 1, 2024


  • AFP IDEA Speaker Series (Webinar): Addressing Mental Health and Ending Stigma in the Workplace. May 16, 2024.



  • Cherokee Nation Annual Conference of Community Leaders, Speaker. June 13-15, 2024. Tulsa, OK. 

  • StartEdUp Foundation, DC Immersion Trip - Panel of Experts, June 27, 2024. Washington D.C.

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