Goettler Associates, Inc.
Lori Hunter Overmyer, MBA, CFRE, has more than 25 years of professional fundraising experience with a focus on the arts, and social and human service organizations. As a development director, Lori acquired an expertise in implementing annual and capital fundraising plans, strategic analysis, major donor solicitation, and establishing development procedures to maximize effective operations and communications. A consultant with Goettler Associates, Inc. since 2005, she has lent her knowledge of marketing research, proposal writing, personal donor cultivation, recognition strategies and volunteer leadership to some of the Columbus, Ohio’s most successful capital campaigns, many of which exceeded their original fundraising goal by millions of dollars. An accomplished and successful speaker, she is frequently called upon to offer her take on topics as varied as major gifts, grants writing, donor metrics, and public-private partnerships.
From her first development director’s job at the J.B. Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Kentucky, to her current position as executive vice president of Goettler Associates, Lori continues to be driven by a passion to provide best practices in every development function, and a commitment to professional growth. She has been a proud member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) since 1986, and credits the professional organization with introducing her to a wonderful circle of esteemed colleagues and life-long friends. She received her CFRE certification in 1994. Lori has been a member of AFP Chapter Boards in St. Louis, Missouri; Nashville, Tennessee; and Columbus, Ohio, where she served in 2010 as Chapter President. In 2011, Lori was recognized as the Outstanding Fundraising Professional at the Central Ohio Chapter’s National Philanthropy Day awards celebration. She is a currently chairs AFP International’s Research Council, and was on the task force to create and pilot the Fundraising Effectiveness Project, an educational module to assist nonprofit agencies in the quantifiable measurement of development activities. In 2015, Lori was elected to serve a two-year term as a district representative on the AFP International Board of Directors and was re-elected for a second term in 2017. Since 2012, she has served as an adjunct professor at the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University, where she teaches classes on Fundraising and Development and Board Skills.
Giving back to the community is an important personal value, and Lori was honored to be recognized as the recipient of the LifeCare Alliance Outstanding Spirit Award in 2009. She also enjoys her volunteer leadership affiliations with the Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center of Worthington, the Friends Foundation of Worthington Libraries, the Franklin County Master Gardener Volunteers, Local Matters, and the Grange Insurance Audubon Center.