Our Next Program:

Paul J. Strawhecker and Ryan Strawhecker,

Paul J. Strawhecker, Inc

Stories, Experiences and Prospecting for Planned Giving


Paul J. Strawhecker, MPA, ACFRE, is president of Paul J. Strawhecker, Inc., a full-service resource development consulting firm in Omaha, NE. His career spans over 40 years in conducting fundraising programs throughout the country, serving more than 300 nonprofit organizations. 

Paul’s experience includes initiating Boys Town’s planned giving program, overseeing the City of Omaha’s social service programs as assistant to the Mayor and serving as vice president of development for both a 75-hospital management group and a three state campus university system.

Paul has taught graduate and certificate programs for the University of Nebraska at Omaha for over 20 years. He has authored the book, Capital Campaign Implementation: Are You Ready? (2012) as well as the textbook, Fund Raising Overview: A Key to Non-Profit Organizational Success, produced for the UNO Graduate class Fund Raising in Public and Nonprofit Organizations (1998)

In 1996, the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) accredited Paul as the 27th Advanced Certified Fund Raising Executive.  He served as chair of the AFP International Foundation on Philanthropy, and has served on the AFP International Board of Directors and currently serves on the ACFRE Board and the Ethics Committee.  He has also served as President of AFP chapters in Michigan, North Dakota and Nebraska.  Paul received both the Barbara Marion Award for Outstanding Leadership to AFP and the AFP NE Chapter Award Outstanding Lifetime Achievement in 2008.

Ryan Strawhecker started his career in 2004 when he began working at Paul J. Strawhecker, Inc., assisting with philanthropic planning studies and capital campaigns. In 2010, he became Development & Communications Director for Project Interfaith, a cultural and religious educational start-up nonprofit. Ryan's career then led him to Omaha Home for Boys as Planned Giving Officer and Grant Manager and to United Way of the Midlands as Senior Director of Corporate Relations & Major Accounts. During his time at the United Way of the Midlands, he was a primary contact for the Foundation, and later the annual $20 million fundraising drive.

Ryan holds a CFRE and earned two degrees in English, a bachelor's from Millikin University and a master's from Creighton University. He is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Charitable Gift Planners of Nebraska.

WHEN: Friday, May 4, 2018 9:30-11:00am, networking at 9:00am

WHERE: Madonna Foundation, Lincoln, NE

COST: $10 Members, $25 Non members

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