Gail Perry, MBA, CFRE, is an internationally recognized fundraising consultant and is considered one of the foremost national experts in the field of philanthropy and nonprofits. Her company, Gail Perry Group, leads nonprofits to extraordinary fundraising and capital campaign results.  As a philanthropy leader, keynote speaker, and author with more than 30 years’ experience, Gail is renowned for her positivity, expertise and insight.

Gail has keynoted fundraising conferences around the world, and worked with thousands of board members, nonprofit leaders, and fundraising staff to boost their fundraising skills and inspire them to change the world. Her energy and know-how reaches around the world via the international Fired-Up Fundraising newsletter with over 15,000 subscribers.

Gail Perry is also celebrated for her transformational work with boards, using her innovative Fired-Up Fundraising approach. Her best-selling book, Fired-Up Fundraising: Turn Board Passion into Action (Wiley/AFP)  is recognized as  the gold standard guide to building successful fundraising boards.

This approach helps empower organizations to connect with their supporters personally, energizing boards and directing campaigns. Through it, she’s inspired such organizations as San Diego Zoo Global, the CDC Foundation, Duke Cancer Center, the Smithsonian, the Trust for Public Land, the US Olympic Committee.

Gail is considered an international leader in successful capital campaign strategies, and co-authored the #1 capital campaign textbook, “Capital Campaigns: Strategies That Work.”  Gail Perry and Dr. Kathryn Gamble were recently featured in a Chronicle of Philanthropy column “Fundraising Campaigns Move Forward Despite Pandemic.”

Gail is an active volunteer leader, serving on the US AFP Foundation for Philanthropy Board, her church Vestry and two University boards.  She launched her fundraising career at Duke University and then directed the fundraising program at The Kenan-Flagler School of Business, UNC-Chapel Hill.  Ms. Perry holds an MBA and a BA with honors in English from UNC- Chapel Hill.