John Glier

Chief Executive Officer

There is a crack in everything. That's what lets the light in. – Leonard Cohen

Biography

John Glier is the Chief Executive Officer of GG+A, a global consulting firm in philanthropic management headquartered in Chicago and London. Mr. Glier joined GG+A in 1981, and has served as its Chief Executive for more than 25 years.

Mr. Glier is recognized internationally for providing strategic direction and philanthropic counsel to many leading universities, academic healthcare institutions, cultural and human service organizations, and as an advisor to some of the largest fundraising campaigns in higher education. He has worked with the staff of well over 200 nonprofits and with a wide range of voluntary leaders, noted philanthropists, and Board leaders of distinguished institutions in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.

Mr. Glier has delivered numerous presentations over the last 35 years to a range of professional organizations, including the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC); Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE, CASE Europe, and CASE Asia-Pacific); American Bar Association Jackson Hole Conference on Law School Development; Woodmark Forum; Aspen Institute; American Alliance of Museums; Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP); and to a variety of programs for university deans and presidents. He has spoken on many different topics over the years, including campaign planning and strategy in cultural, medical, human services, and educational institutions; building philanthropic board structures; the critical roles presidents and deans play in higher education fundraising; and talent management and high performance across the nonprofit sector.

Mr. Glier serves as a member of the Providence College Board of Trustees, the Board of Directors of the Family Institute of Northwestern University, and as a Life Member of the Visiting Committee of the University of Chicago Division of the Humanities. He has served on the Board of Directors of the New Trier Township High School Educational Foundation and was a founding director of the Winnetka Public Schools Foundation. He has also served as the Director and Chair of the Giving Institute (formerly AAFRC) and as a member of EUConsult and the CASE Industry Advisory Council.

Of particular note is Mr. Glier’s continuous work over many years with a number of distinguished universities and academic medical centers over multiple campaigns. His clients have included Amherst College; University of Amsterdam; Brandeis University; Brown University; University of California, Los Angeles; University of Cambridge; University of Chicago; Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; Columbia University; Cornell University; Curtis Institute of Music; Duke University; Emory University; Georgetown University; Guggenheim Museum; INSEAD; The Johns Hopkins Institutions; London School of Economics; Mayo Clinic; McGill University; Monticello and the Thomas Jefferson Foundation; The Ohio State University; University of Oxford; Pennsylvania State University; Princeton University; University of Queensland; San Francisco Symphony; Singapore Management University; University of Southern California; Stanford University; Sydney Opera House; University of Toronto; the United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees; University of Washington; and Yale University.
Mr. Glier attended Providence College (Rhode Island), the Université de Fribourg (Switzerland), and the University of Chicago, and was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship. He holds degrees in English and Comparative Literature.

Grenzebach Glier and Associates has served more than 2,000 institutions and organizations since 1961, providing counsel to 19 of the top 20 globally ranked universities, 60 of the 62 members of the AAU, the top 25 AAMC institutions, and public universities in 46 states, as well as arts, voluntary, and other nonprofit organizations around the world. The firm currently advises institutions with aggregate campaign goals of more than $60 billion.

Clients
  • University of Aberdeen
  • The Academic Medical Centre, University of Amsterdam
  • American Bar Association
  • American Heart Association
  • University of Amsterdam
  • Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
  • Arizona State University
  • Association of American Medical Colleges
  • Babson College
  • Barack Obama Foundation
  • University of Bath
  • Ben-Gurion University
  • Beth Israel Hospital
  • University of Birmingham
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of America
  • Brandeis University
  • LDS Philanthropies/Brigham Young University
  • University of Bristol
  • Brown University
  • University of California, Davis
  • California Institute of Technology
  • California Institute of the Arts
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of California, San Francisco
  • University of Cambridge
  • Cambridge University Health Partners
  • Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh
  • Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New York
  • Center for Strategic and International Studies
  • The University of Chicago
  • The University of Chicago Booth School of Business
  • Children's Hospital Association
  • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • University of Cincinnati
  • Club de Madrid
  • College of William and Mary
  • Colorado School of Mines
  • University of Colorado System
  • Columbia University
  • Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston
  • University of Connecticut
  • Cornell University
  • Corpus Christi College Curtis Institute of Music
  • Cyprus Research and Educational Foundation
  • Dartmouth College
  • Development Corporation
  • Duke Cancer Institute
  • Duke University
  • University of Durham
  • École Polytechnique de Montréal
  • Eisenhower Fellowships
  • Emory University
  • Emory University – The Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center
  • University of Florida
  • Fordham University
  • Georgetown University
  • Grinnell College
  • Harvard Medical School
  • Harvard University
  • University of Hawai'i
  • HEC Montréal
  • Huntsman Cancer Foundation
  • University of Illinois
  • Imperial College London
  • Indiana University
  • Indianapolis Museum of Art
  • INSEAD
  • Institute of Cancer Research
  • Ivey School of Business
  • The Jewish Museum
  • The Johns Hopkins Institutions
  • The University of Kansas
  • Keck Medicine of the University of Southern California
  • Kellogg College
  • University of Kent in Canterbury
  • University of Leeds
  • University College London
  • London Business School
  • London School of Economics and Political Science
  • London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art
  • Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital
  • Los Angeles Philharmonic
  • Loyola University of Chicago
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Mayo Clinic, Rochester
  • McGill University
  • McGill University Health Centre
  • Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
  • Merton College
  • Michigan State University
  • University of Missouri-Columbia
  • Monticello, the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation
  • Université de Montréal
  • Museum of Contemporary Art
  • National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
  • National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
  • National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship
  • The National Trust for Scotland
  • New American Schools
  • New York Philharmonic
  • Northwestern University
  • University of Notre Dame
  • NPR
  • The Ohio State University
  • Ohio University
  • Olin College of Engineering
  • University of Oregon
  • University of Oxford
  • Oxford University
  • The Pacific Northwest Ballet
  • Penn Medicine
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • The Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Phillips Academy
  • University of Pittsburgh Medical and Health Sciences Foundation
  • Princeton Healthcare System Foundation
  • Princeton University
  • Providence College
  • Purdue University
  • The University of Queensland
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Rhode Island School of Design
  • University of Rochester
  • Rutgers University, Newark
  • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
  • San Francisco Symphony
  • Scripps Institution of Oceanography
  • Singapore Management University
  • The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and Museum
  • University of Southern California
  • Southern Methodist University
  • Spring Hill College
  • St. Catherine’s College
  • St. Cross College
  • St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
  • Stanford University
  • Stanford University Medical Center
  • State University of New York at Stony Brook
  • Stephens College
  • University of Strathclyde
  • The Sutton Trust
  • Sydney Opera House
  • The University of Texas at Austin
  • The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • Thomas Jefferson University
  • University of Toronto
  • United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
  • United States Military Academy
  • United States Naval Academy Foundation
  • United States Olympic Committee
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Villanova University
  • University of Virginia
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • University of Warwick
  • University of Washington
  • Weill Cornell Medicine
  • Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
  • Whitney Museum of American Art
  • University of Wisconsin
  • University of Wyoming
  • Yale-New Haven Hospital
  • Yale University
  • Yale University School of Medicine

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