Alan R. Hutson, Jr., MPA, CFRE
For the last thirteen years, Alan Hutson has dedicated his energies to converting people’s passions and good ideas into viable programs within well-run organizations. Building on a background in business and economics, he has helped increase the capacity of the nonprofit sector to strengthen communities and serve unmet societal needs.
Specifically, he works to demystify the fund development process for nonprofit CEOs and their boards by removing psychological barriers and breaking technical challenges into manageable pieces. He emphasizes that fundraising success can be achieved by anyone through education, hard work, and experience.
In his role as Managing Partner of The Monument Group, as well as in his approach to client selection, Alan lives by the philosophy of Margaret Mead: “A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
Alan deeply believes that the real brilliance is in the program side of nonprofit organizations. He feels privileged to be able to devote his managerial skills and fund development expertise to bringing those programs to scale, and is humbled by the determination and dedication of nonprofit program staff members. He feels that the excellent program staff deserves an excellent fundraising strategy to support their cause.
Alan’s professional affiliations reflect his commitment to advancing the field of philanthropy. He is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and the Virginia Association of Fundraising Executives. In 2009 and 2011, Alan was invited to speak at the Southern African Institute of Fundraising (SAIF) where he also performed pro bono consultation with nonprofits ranging from an HIV/AIDS orphanage to a leadership development academy for the chronically unemployed. In 2011, SAIF asked him to help chart the future of SAIF through a strategic partnership with AFP. He will be presenting at SAIF again in 2013. Additionally, Alan serves as the facilitator for a Fifth District Federal Reserve Bank’s community engagement series. Alan currently serves as an adjunct faculty member at Virginia Commonwealth University. He has presented at the Virginia Fundraising Institute (2012) and at AFP’s International Conference (2013).
Alan’s leadership within the nonprofit world can also be seen in his volunteer work. He currently serves on the Executive Committee of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy, where he chairs AFP’s Annual Fund for the United States. In the recent past, he has served on the Central Virginia Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (Past Board Chair), Circle Center Adult Day Services (Past Governance Committee Chair), and 1708 Gallery (Past Finance Committee Co-Chair).