Kirk is a philanthropic advisor with a background in fund development, program development and strategic planning. He currently works to create community change with a number of professional athletes, established non-profits, and startups.
As the former Vice President of the Magic Johnson Foundation, Kirk was responsible for strategic direction, oversight, coordination and implementation of all fundraising initiatives. To match and exceed goals, he was responsible for exploring, cultivating and solicitation of all funding opportunities, including corporate, foundation, and individual funding, to ensure continued success and growth.
During his time with MJF he also created business opportunities on the enterprise side of the company and was a member of the Executive Team. The nature of the work required interaction with high profile professional athletes, celebrities, and business people.
As a philanthropic fundraiser, Kirk has extensive knowledge of Cause Related Marketing, Corporate Sponsorship, and the cultivation and relationship building with high net worth clients. He has an extensive network of relationships both in Los Angeles and nationally. Additionally, he serves as a philanthropic advisor to a number of high net worth clients.
Prior to working with the Magic Johnson Foundation, Kirk spent five years with the Urban Youth Workers Institute as the Development Director and also launched a national mentoring program for community leaders. During his tenure he launched and directed Learning Communities in 14 major US cities. Under his leadership as Director of Development, the Urban Youth Workers Institute was successful in exceeding fundraising goals.
Kirk also spent 10 years in public education and a teacher and administrator in both Oregon and California. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from Oregon State University and Master of Arts in Cross Cultural Studies with an emphasis in Leadership and Urbanization.