Jerry W. Henry — Partner
With over 35 years of experience covering a wide-range of nonprofit institutions, Jerry W. Henry, Partner, provides counsel on a daily basis to a diverse body of clients including educational institutions, human service groups, cultural institutions and faith-based organizations.
Jerry’s expertise has brought him to work nationally with groups such as Ronald McDonald House Charities, the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University, and the Meals on Wheels Association of America for workshops, speaking and Board training events. He is known for a “gentle but direct” leadership style whether he is meeting with educational institution administrators wishing to raise millions of dollars or grassroots arts leaders planning for a new non-profit with a very limited budget. Recently, Jerry developed an annual stewardship assessment approach that is utilized by a number of churches with noted success and he has been called upon to lead capital campaigns within a number of faith groups across the country.
A former clergy member of the South Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church, he is a member currently of The Episcopal Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta. While in the United Methodist Church, he was Executive Director of a national organization of 3,500 clergy and lay members focused on promoting religion and the arts through the General Board of Discipleship of The United Methodist Church. He was Associate Vice President of Advancement at Brenau University for six years and also Vice President of The Winfield Group, a strategic planning and marketing firm focused on nonprofit organizations. Since 1998, when he was recruited by Alexander Haas, he has worked as a consultant with nearly 75 different congregations or faith-based groups as well as hundreds of other organizations with successful capital campaigns ranging from $1 million to over $50 million.
He is a past president of the Greater Atlanta Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and has held committee assignments within the International AFP. Over the past few years, he has been invited to teach special classes in nonprofit management at Candler School of Theology, Emory University, and is a frequent speaker and trainer at fundraising and nonprofit education events around the country. A graduate of Wofford College (B.A.) and Yale Divinity School (M.Div.), he just began his fifth year as an elected member of the Association of Yale Alumni Board of Governors where he serves as one of the 29 Yale University graduates who represent more than 165,000 Yale alumni internationally. As a member of this prestigious board, he has chaired the board’s Graduate and Professional Schools Committee, served as an executive officer, and is beginning a two-year term as Vice Chair. Additionally, Jerry has just begun a three-year term on the Yale Alumni Fund Board of Directors.
His hobbies involve a variety of organizations about which he is passionate and reflect his “renaissance spirit.” In New York, he is a member of the James Beard Foundation (yes, he’s a food and wine enthusiast!), the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Yale Club of New York. In Atlanta, he is a member of Yale Club of Georgia, the Atlanta Botanical Garden, the High Museum of Art, and the Atlanta History Center. A native of the South Carolina low-country, Jerry is a member of the South Carolina Historical Society, the Historic Charleston Foundation, the Preservation Society of Charleston, the Charleston Museum, and the Gibbes Museum of Art.