Keith Curtis has more than 35 years of experience working on behalf of philanthropic organizations. Over that time, Keith has become recognized as an expert in all aspects of fundraising and nonprofit management. He is also a sought-after advisor and speaker, making up to 30 presentations a year to the nonprofit industry, including venues such as: National Blackbaud Conference for Nonprofits; keynote address at the Virginia Fundraising Institute’s annual conference; multiple Association of Fundraising Professionals chapter presentations in Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina and New York; the Center for Nonprofit Excellence; the Association of Zoos & Aquariums conference; and a variety of other national and state conferences.
As president of The Curtis Group, founded 31 years ago, Keith and his team have developed strategies to raise hundreds of millions of dollars for nearly 200 clients. But equally important, his guidance has helped those nonprofits raise awareness, raise their standards of operation and their expectations of what they can accomplish. Clients include the large and visible, such as one of the largest YMCAs in the country, a multi-billion-dollar health care system, and arts, cultural and educational organizations, as well as smaller nonprofits such as free clinics, animal shelters and hospices.
Keith is the immediate past chair of the Giving USA Foundation and is the past chair of the Advisory Council on Methodology. He is also a board member of the Giving Institute, a membership organization dedicated to advancing philanthropy and promoting ethical practices in fundraising; and past president of the Hampton Roads Gift Planning Council. He also teaches an annual course at Tidewater Community College’s Academy for Nonprofit Excellence.
Keith has also served on the Dean of the Strome College of Business’ Executive Advisory Council at Old Dominion University. In recognition of his work in philanthropy, Keith was honored with the 2012 Alumni Service Award from Old Dominion University.