​​​​​​Timothy R. Burcham, CFRE is an experienced professional fundraising executive who has been building strategic relationships, resourcing visions, and positioning organizations for major success for more than 30 years.  His vast background includes leading a broad range of functions and teams in development, governmental affairs, marketing and public relations, grants and contracts, strategic planning, change and project management, and conferences and events.  He brings a strong record of achievement in managing multiple projects and highly qualified staff and volunteers separated by time and distance; developing policy, budget, and human resources to build capacity for success; making data-driven decisions with specific performance measures and targets to ensure success and accountability; and executing sound management principles to achieve better results in an ever-changing climate of fiscal restraints. 

Tim is uniquely qualified to offer professional consulting services in these three core areas of practice:


  • Generated more than $200 million through comprehensive, multi-level development programs and major gift and capital campaigns from more than 15,000 donors and that engaged more than 1,000 volunteers; increased endowment to more than $50 million.

  • Provided executive leadership, service, and support for a dedicated team of fundraising professionals in 17 offices alongside 14 independent 501c3 foundations.​

  • ​Served as the Executive Director of a statewide 501c3 foundation and board of directors comprised of corporate executives from a wide range of industry sectors and led efforts in board recruitment, orientation, and facilitation to promote sound governance and ethics.

  • Recognized and respected leader among the world's fundraising professionals.


  • Created and led effective state and federal government relations program that included policy analysis, position development and communications, onsite engagement with lawmakers and staff, and tracking and reporting results.

  • Conducted successful advocacy campaigns with dedicated teams of staff and volunteers to engage thousands of stakeholders at the grassroots levels to engage with and influence local, state, and federal policymakers.

  • Led a team of marketing and PR professionals in designing and implementing effective branding, marketing, and communication strategies to strongly position the organization, create a positive image, interface with media, and deliver key messages to support the organizational mission and advocacy agenda.​



  • Developed multiple comprehensive, multi-level strategic planning processes and methodologies to drive the mission, vision, values and desired organizational future. 

  • Led the development of unique systems and processes that integrated strategic planning, stakeholder engagement, and change and project management.

  • Created organizational capacity for change and project management to ensure that strategic objectives were achieved on time and on budget alongside the integration of the human impact of change.

  • Worked closely with data and policy analysts to select the best performance metrics and targets to demonstrate achievement of goals and strategies, and developed business plans that outlined the specific strategies and resources necessary to achieve organizational goals.

  • Developed methods for conducting a strategic needs analysis to identify the necessary fiscal, human, and technological resources necessary to achieve strategic goals, and the identification of potential funding sources.

Professional Background

2016 – Present - President & Chief Solutions Officer, Burcham Solutions Group, LLC

  • Established a consulting practice focused on three key areas of expertise – philanthropy, public affairs, and strategic planning

  • Strategic alliances with Columns Consulting (Atlanta, GA); I-Wave (Canada); Skystone Partners (Cincinnati, OH)

  • Member of Advisory Board and Advanced Contributor for NonprofitPro Magazine (Philadelphia, PA)

  • Member, Public Policy Committee, Kentucky Nonprofit Network

1998-2016 - Vice President, Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) and Executive Director, KCTCS Foundation, Inc.

  • ​System of 16 two-year colleges, 73 campuses, 100,000+ students, 8,000 employees, $900 million budget; led two statewide major gifts campaigns that raised $120 million; 

  • ​Executive Oversight of Development & Alumni Affairs, Governmental Affairs, Marketing & Public Relations, Grants & Contracts, Strategic Planning, Change & Project Management, Conferences & Events.  Founded and led the statewide 501c3 Foundation with an independent board of directors focused on statewide initiatives and resource development efforts.

1990-1998 - Director of Development, University of Kentucky Community College System​

  • ​Established private fundraising program for 14 two-year colleges within UK as the state's flagship university; conducted one of the nation's first major gifts campaign for a statewide system of two-year colleges that raised $43 million, including a $14 million endowment; created the policy structure, the human resources, and fundraising plans and budgets to attract and grow philanthropic support.

1986-1990 - Associate Director of Development, University of Kentucky Medical Center

  • ​Primary responsibilities included annual and special giving for Colleges of Allied Health, Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy; Markey Cancer Center, UK Center on Aging, and UK Hospital; generated more than $10 million annually and created first $1 million endowment.

1979-1986 - Associate Director of Admissions, University of Kentucky

  • ​Built new freshman recruiting program, created first UK Visitors Center, and expanded out-of-state recruiting to Ohio, Georgia, Illinois, Missouri, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C.

1975-1978 - Admissions Counselor, Marshall University

  • ​First full-time student recruiter; responsible for freshman enrollment targets; created first peer recruitment team.

Education and Certifications

  • Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE)
  • Prosci Change Management Certification, Colorado State University
  • Senior Development Programme, Henley Business School, UK (England)​
  • Masters of Science, Higher Education Administration, University of Kentucky
  • Bachelor of Arts, Speech Communication and Language Arts, Marshall University 

As a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP),

Timothy R. Burcham, CFRE is a certified fundraising executive who adheres to the AFP Code of Ethics which can be found at the following link:

Three decades of leadership of AFP have included the following:

Current member of Fundraising Board for the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy (U.S.)

Chairman, AFP International Board of Directors,

2007 and 2008

Board Secretary, Vice Chair for External Relations, and Chair of Government Relations Committee,


Founder, AFP Political Action Committee, 2003

President, AFP Bluegrass Chapter Board, 1993

AFP, Bluegrass Chapter Board Leadership positions


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