Bert Armstrong found his career mojo as a nonprofit leader and fundraiser. His passion for the work is shaped by the teachings of his faith and by the examples of servant leadership and generosity by people across all stations in life. His joy is reinforced daily working among brilliant leaders, talented professionals, passionate philanthropists, and frontline staff and volunteer heroes who are dedicated to making the lives of others a little bit better every day.
Bert has served the nonprofit and philanthropic community as a fundraising professional, senior administrator, consultant, volunteer, and board member for more than three decades. As co-founder and principal of Armstrong McGuire, he has spent the past 18 years leading searches for nonprofit and philanthropic executives and professionals, facilitating dynamic planning efforts, and helping Armstrong McGuire clients raise tens of millions of dollars. Today, Bert leads a talented team that is dedicated to helping Armstrong McGuire’s clients reach their potential for doing great things in their communities.
Prior to co-founding Armstrong McGuire, Bert served as the Vice President for Advancement for the Methodist Home for Children in Raleigh, NC. Earlier in his career he held individual and corporate fundraising roles in the faith community, the arts, and in higher education, as well as working for a statewide gubernatorial campaign. In 2003 Bert was recognized as the region's Outstanding Fundraising Executive by the Triangle Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. He was similarly honored in 2004 as the national Development Director of the Year by the United Methodist Association, the national accrediting body for church-affiliated child and family service agencies, retirement communities and healthcare organizations.
Born and raised in the small but mighty town of Mount Gilead, North Carolina, Bert is a proud graduate of Wake Forest University. He and his wife Melanie live in Apex, North Carolina and are proud parents of their two adult children.
Co-Founder & Principal
Words to live by:
”To be humble, to be kind; it is the giving of the peace in your mind."