Who We Are
John O'Kane, CFRE
John O’Kane currently serves as senior consultant at Coxe Curry & Associates. In over forty years of work with the nonprofit sector, he has had experience with personnel management, organizational development, training, consulting and fundraising.
Prior to joining Coxe Curry in 1988, John served as vice president of human resources with the United Way of Greater Atlanta. At United Way, he managed the personnel, training and volunteer functions for a staff of over 100. Additionally, he was responsible for planning, designing, coordinating and delivering training and consultation to volunteers and staff of metro Atlanta nonprofit organizations. Before working at the United Way, John served as executive director of the Mental Health Association of Metropolitan Atlanta and in other health association positions in Ohio, Indiana and Missouri.
At Coxe Curry, John works with a variety of fundraising clients: faith-based and health and human service organizations, schools and groups representing civic concerns. A representative list of clients includes Atlanta Youth Academy, Aurora Theatre, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta, Boy Scouts of America, Ron Clark Academy, Cobb & Douglas Public Health, Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation, Georgia Perimeter College, Georgia United Methodist Foundation, Glisson Camp & Retreat Center, Good Samaritan Cobb Health Center, Greater Atlanta Christian School, Hillside, Inc., Central, Morningside, North Avenue and Trinity Presbyterian Churches, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Temple Beth Tikvah, and YMCA of Metro Atlanta. He is a frequent lecturer, trainer, consultant and writer on topics related to nonprofit management and fundraising. John has served for over twenty years as an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Public Management and Policy with the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University where he is a Distinguished Professor of Practice and a member of the Nonprofit Program Advisory Committee.
He has served as a volunteer on numerous Boards of Directors and Advisory Councils including: the National Society of Fundraising Executives, Atlanta Chapter; the Georgia Society of Association Executives; the National Academy of Volunteerism (faculty); the Mental Health Association of Ohio Staff Council (co-founder and president); and the Butler County, Ohio, Human Services Council (co-founder and president). John is a member of the Commerce Club and President of the Kiwanis Club of Atlanta. He is past chair and current member of the Community Advisory Board for the Junior League of Atlanta.
John is a Leadership Atlanta graduate, recognized as a Personality of the South, and was selected by the Jaycees as an Outstanding Young Man in America.
John earned a master’s degree in social work from Washington University and a B.A. from Marian University. He and his wife, Elyse Stavale O’Kane, live in Stone Mountain, attend Corpus Christi Catholic Church and have three grown sons, Matthew, Anthony and Stephen and two grandchildren.
* Certified Fundraising Executive, Master in Social Work