John C. Spokes, CFRE, Senior Vice President

John C. Spokes, CFRE is a senior vice president with Netzel Grigsby Associates who provides strategic partnership to nonprofit organizations and institutions aiming to increase their impact.

John believes that there are no shortcuts to achieving an organization’s mission and building a successful development program. By systematically developing a plan, implementing its steps and evaluating progress, organizations can achieve any objective. John guides his clients one vital step at a time toward their ultimate goal.

John specializes in planning and implementing capital and annual campaigns, strategic plans, and board development for a broad spectrum of nonprofit organizations in the arts, education, health care, social services and youth development. Recent clients include Boys & Girls Clubs of Benton and Franklin Counties ($5.7 million campaign), Mirman School ($12.5 million campaign), and TheatreWorks Silicon Valley ($5 million campaign).

Prior to joining NGA, John operated his own nonprofit management consulting business in Minneapolis and served as director of development at UCLA Live, United States Artists and Chrysalis, A Center for Women, where he successfully implemented the agency’s first multimillion-dollar capital campaign. From 1994-1998, he was a key part of the development team at Minneapolis’ Guthrie Theater, working as director of annual and individual giving, interim development director, and director of community giving. He was also co-founder and managing director of the Eye of the Storm Theatre.

John is a certified fundraising executive and attends and facilitates training sessions through the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Devoted to the arts, he has served on the boards of Boston Court Performing Arts Center in Pasadena, Pacific Resident Theater, Cornerstone Theater Company, and Minnesota’s Metropolitan Regional Arts Council. He is an active member of the Rotary Club of Los Angeles and serves as the Foundation Committee Co-Chair of the Club’s board.

John holds a Bachelor of Arts from Pomona College.

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