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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 30 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; building large-scale compelling propositions, the key stages of the successful major gift process; and talent management and high performance across the nonprofit sector. Mr. Glier is an emeritus member of the Providence College Board of Trustees, served on the Board of Directors of the Family Institute of Northwestern University, and serves as a Life Member of the Division of Humanities Council of the University of Chicago.
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), as a member of EUConsult and the CASE Industry Advisory Council, and more recently as a member of the AMAtlas Advisory Committee to CASE, and a member of the executive committee of the Generosity Commission.
Of particular note is Mr. Glier’s continuous work over many years with numerous distinguished universities and academic medical centers and their multiple campaigns. His clients have included Amherst College; University of Amsterdam; Brandeis University; Brown University; University of California, Los Angeles; California Institute of Technology; 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 6,000 institutions and organizations since 1961, providing counsel to more than 30 of the top 50 globally ranked universities, all 63 members of the American Association of Universities, more than 100 of America’s most distinguished academic medical centers and hospitals, more than 50 British and foreign universities, Canada’s leading research universities, distinguished public universities in all 50 states, as well as arts, voluntary, and other nonprofit organizations around the world. The firm advises institutions with aggregate campaign goals of more than $60 billion.