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Dirk Bird

Board Member

Dirk has spent nearly 20 years working as a development professional and has vast experience with many forms of philanthropy and philanthropic planning.

As the former Chief Development Officer of JEWISH Colorado and the former Executive Director of the Jewish Community Foundation in Denver, Dirk has extensive experience in development planning, lay leadership engagement, major gift development, family philanthropy, gift planning, next generation engagement, professional development, mentoring and supervision, and overall donor stewardship. As one of the co-founders of Illumination Strategies, Inc., Dirk partners with organizations to develop comprehensive financial resource development plans, create and implement legacy giving programs, assess gaps in overall development infrastructure, and assist individuals and families who desire to reevaluate their personal giving plans.

Dirk is a proud Colorado native who currently resides in Denver with his wife, Caron and their three beautiful children (two of whom are current theater majors at DSA) Dirk received his B.A. in education from the University of Northern Colorado and his M.A. in sports management from the University of the Pacific. In addition, Dirk is a graduate of the Wexner Heritage Program (Denver/Boulder 14), currently serves on the Board of Directors for Ramah in the Rockies and is a certified 21/64 trainer with a specific focus in multigenerational family philanthropy.