DIRECTOR OF ADVANCEMENT
Propelled by a passion for Kingdom endeavor, Milton Key has been advancing faith-based missions for more than 27 years. With hands-on experience across the spectrum of professional fundraising, Key’s primary areas of engagement are major gifts/relationship-based funds development, campaign planning and execution, volunteer leadership development and mentoring fellow professionals, from newcomer to seasoned.
Key has served in leadership roles for a diverse body of nonprofit organizations, including North Texas-based Presbyterian Communities & Services, Austin College, Buckner, and Dallas Baptist University, as well as Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Most recently, Key served as a consultant to board and staff leadership of several nonprofits and as Chief Development Officer with Hope For The Heart. Either as a gift officer or in leadership positions, Key has been active on teams that have generated charitable gifts in excess of $400 million and helped transform the lives of students, patients, children, families, and seniors for years to come. Prior to his fundraising career, Key was a sales representative for Pepsi-Cola and Xerox.
Key is engaged in serving his profession, his community, and his church. He has served the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) as a member of the international board of directors and as president of the Greater Dallas Chapter, whose members recognized Key as Outstanding Fundraising Executive in 2014. Key has presented on the graduate school level and to fellow fundraising professionals. He is an ordained elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and has been active in music, missions and various leadership roles for many years.
A native of Athens, Texas and a resident of Dallas, Key has been married for 26 years and has a 19-year old daughter. He enjoys spending time with them, cheering on his beloved Texas Tech Red Raiders, and pursuing a variety of interests on the cattle ranch his grandfather established some 70 years ago.