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Jeffrey Byrne Elected Chair of The Giving Institute

Represents National Consultant Thought Leaders in Philanthropy

The JB+A Team is proud to announce Jeffrey D. Byrne, firm President + CEO, has been elected to Chair of the Board of Directors of The Giving Institute. The Giving Institute is designed to help elevate the fundraising consulting and nonprofit services industry and enhance the philanthropic sector. JB+A is the only Kansas City firm to be accepted to The Giving Institute and has been a member since 2005.

“I know the Kansas City nonprofit community and his client partners across the U.S. will benefit from Jeffrey’s leadership and guidance in this role,” says G. Kenneth Baum, longtime Kansas City civic leader.

The Giving Institute was originally founded in 1935, and beyond its original charge of promoting the evolution of a professional and ethical fundraising field, its other commitment is to promoting philanthropy. To this end, in 1955, it first published Giving USA: The Annual Report on Philanthropy and later incorporated the Giving USA Foundation to carry out and expand its public service goals. Today, Giving USA is the most influential publication reporting on the sources and uses of longitudinal giving data for the past 61 years in the United States.

“Jeffrey’s election as Board Chair is a testament to his longtime commitment to philanthropy and nonprofit fundraising success,” says Wendy Powell, member of the Powell Gardens Board of Directors. “I have worked with Jeffrey on several fundraising projects over the last 15 years, and his passion for philanthropy is genuine and unwavering.”

In his role as Chair of the Board, Jeffrey will continue to serve on the Giving USA Foundation Board. This term marks the 11th year that Jeffrey has served on The Giving Institute Board and his 7th year on the Executive Committee.

“For our client partners,” says Jeffrey, “this appointment reaffirms our commitment to their fundraising success. We will continue to share with them our fundraising leadership, industry best practices and the latest sector research and trends.”

Jeffrey adds: “These next 12 months will be very special to me and JB+A. Not only do I have the honor and privilege of serving in a leadership capacity for this great organization, but will be doing so during a very commemorative year: the 80th Anniversary of The Giving Institute and the 60th Anniversary of the Giving USA Foundation. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to work with a great leadership team of fellow Board members, and we will diligently continue our work toward The Institute’s vision to develop extraordinary leaders in the world of philanthropy.”

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