Bert Armstrong has served the nonprofit community for 25 years as fundraising professional and administrator, working in the fields of human services, child and family services, arts, and higher education. As co-founder and principal of Armstrong McGuire, Bert enjoys working with Armstrong McGuire's team of talented professionals in helping clients think strategically about issues that are critical to the fulfillment of their missions. Over the past decade, he has led numerous searches for chief executives and fundraising professionals, facilitated dynamic planning efforts, and helped Armstrong McGuire clients raise tens of millions of dollars. His leadership style is effective at helping clients recognize opportunities, overcome obstacles, and embrace new solutions and ways of thinking.
From 1995-2003 Bert served as Vice President for Advancement at the Methodist Home for Children, one of the largest and most respected child and family service agencies in North Carolina. Under his leadership, the Methodist Home raised over $15 million, a figure that included a 250% increase in annual giving, record growth in the institution's endowment, and successful completion of the most ambitious capital campaign in its history.
Bert is a 1986 graduate of Wake Forest University with a degree in Political Science. Prior to joining the Methodist Home, he served as a development officer for Louisburg College and the NC Museum of Art as well as serving on the staff of a statewide political campaign. In addition to his professional service to the nonprofit community, he serves on the boards of numerous nonprofit and faith-based organizations. His volunteer service includes two years as the chairperson for the annual stewardship campaign at Edenton Street United Methodist Church in Raleigh, NC and serving for three years as president of the Middle Creek High School Stampede Club, the school's athletic booster club in Apex, NC.
Bert's passion for organizational success has earned statewide and national recognition. At the 2003 National Philanthropy Day celebration in the Triangle, Bert's peers honored him as the year's Outstanding Fundraising Executive. He is also the recipient of the Development Director of the Year award by the United Methodist Association, the national accrediting body for child care, assisted living, and health care agencies affiliated with the United Methodist Church. He is a past president of the Triangle Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and has served additional terms as a member of the board.
Bert and his wife Melanie live in Apex, North Carolina. They have two children, Robert and Jenni who are currently in college.