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R. Eric Staley, Ph.D.

Founder and President of Missionmapping

R. Eric StaleyEric Staley entered the field of nonprofit management and resource development in 1975. Since then he has led or counseled more than 100 organizations toward achieving their aspirations and missions and has helped them to increase their various revenue streams by more than a billion dollars. From modest projects to large—Eric directed the $200 million campaign for The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, at the time the largest private dollar campaign in Kansas City's history—Eric's goal has been to help motivate and empower leadership.

Prior to founding Missionmapping, Eric served as the chief development officer of three universities, the CEO of a national arts and education nonprofit organization, and the Vice Chairman of a leading national fundraising company. His leadership responsibilities have included resource development, marketing, communications, volunteer coordination, and community relations. His experience has provided a platform for full-service counsel and education to a broad client base that has included such diverse groups as arts associations, social service agencies, colleges and universities, for-profit corporations with giving and sponsorship programs, Chambers of Commerce, and the United States Marine Corps. Additionally, he has counseled on a number of local economic development efforts in which municipalities have developed public/private partnerships in support of community projects.

Eric has been involved in community service throughout his career and has served on the boards of arts, civic, and business organizations. Having held the position of a volunteer leader of projects in these capacities, he understands well the roles of volunteers and board members in successful projects. As a member of the executive board of the Staunton, Virginia, Chamber of Commerce, he founded 200 by 2000: A Community Leadership Institute, for which he received a citation for Vision and Leadership. Shortly thereafter he was elected to Staunton's City Council where he spearheaded the public/governmental role in the successful consolidation of two regional hospitals.

Eric earned his Ph.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia and holds a certificate in higher education management from Harvard University. His formal education also includes graduate studies at Oxford University in England. He has published in a variety of fields and writes and speaks frequently on philanthropy and leadership.


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7220 South Highway 163
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