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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.