John Bauser brings 30 years of executive management, fundraising, board development, and planning experience in the nonprofit sector to his work with Hargrove International, Inc. His consulting assignments have included board development, fundraising and strategic planning work for organizations as varied as the Trust for the National Mall, the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund in Johannesburg (South Africa), New York City’s iconic 92nd Street Y, Washington DC’s Tony Award-winning Arena Stage, the Churchill Centre and Museum at the Cabinet War Rooms in London, The Phillips Collection, and the Brooklyn (NY) Conservatory of Music.
John currently serves as Executive Director of the Glynn Visual Art Association, the visual arts organization representing Georgia’s Golden Isles and port city of Brunswick. He has served in a variety of roles with local and state arts councils, including engagements as an evaluator and peer panelist for both the Kentucky Arts Council and Ohio Arts Council. While serving as the Dayton (OH) Philharmonic Orchestra’s executive director, he served on the Advisory Council that helped shape Montgomery County’s landmark tax-based support for the arts and assisted with the Arts Dayton’s evolution to a community-based arts council (Culture Works).
His tenure in higher education includes five years at the State University of New York at Buffalo, where John served as Assistant Dean and Director of Development for the Faculty of Arts & Letters and, later, as Director of Corporate Development university-wide.
He is frequently called upon as an expert in strategy, fundraising, and board development, and has conducted workshops on those topics and others for GuideStar, the Southeastern Museums Conference, League of American Orchestras, Leadership Greater Washington (DC), Booz Allen Hamilton’s Nonprofit Leadership Conference, the African American Nonprofit Network, Montana Historical Society, Cultural Tourism DC, the Foundation Center, and the Association of Independent Schools of Greater Washington.
John is a graduate of the University of Illinois, where he received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music theory and composition (with Highest Honors). He did post-graduate work at the University of Miami (Coral Gables, FL) and served for three years as Adjunct Faculty there. John is an avid cyclist, and enjoys cooking, reading and travel.