Jerry W. Henry
Faith-Based & Human Services
With over 40 years of experience with a wide-range of non-profit institutions, Jerry provides counsel on a daily-basis to a diverse body of clients including educational institutions, human service groups, cultural institutions and faith-based organizations. As Managing Partner for Faith Based and Human Services, Jerry works with organizations and congregations representing several faith backgrounds as well as organizations focused on improving the human condition.
Jerry’s expertise has brought him to work nationally with groups such as Ronald McDonald House Charities 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.
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. For eight years, 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 following a period as 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 with nonprofit organizations across the United States.
He is a past president of the Greater Atlanta Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and formerly served committee assignments within the International AFP. He has been invited to teach special classes in nonprofit management and philanthropy for Candler School of Theology at Emory University, and has served as a featured 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 is a past president of the Greater Atlanta Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Jerry is the immediate past chair of the Yale University Alumni Association Board of Governors, and serves currently on the Yale Divinity School Dean’s Advisory Council, the Yale Alumni Fund Board of Directors, and the Yale University For Humanity Capital Campaign Committee.
His interests outside of work involve participating in a variety of organizations about which he is passionate, and which reflect his “renaissance spirit.” A native of South Carolina, Jerry is a member of the South Carolina Historical Society, the International African American Museum, the Preservation Society of Charleston, the Charleston Museum, the Upcountry History Museum, and the Greenville County Museum of Art.