Clients & Testimonials


  • Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre
  • Butterfield Youth Services
  • Children’s Mercy Hospitals & Clinics
  • Friends of Arrow Rock, Inc.
  • Hope House
  • Kansas City Actors Theatre
  • Kansas City University of Medicine & Biosciences
  • Kingswood Foundation
  • National Kidney Foundation of Kansas & Western Missouri
  • Northern Río Grande National Heritage Area
  • Operation Breakthrough, Inc.
  • Rehabilitation Institute of Kansas City
  • RJ Children’s Haven
  • St. Mary’s Medical Center Foundation
  • State Historical Society of Missouri
  • Sunflower Foundation
  • The Whole Person, Inc.
  • University of Saint Mary
  • Village Northwest Unlimited
  • Wide Awake Films

Here’s What Others Are Saying About Steven J. Byers

“Steve is one of the best communicators I know. A great writer, he is astute at asking the right questions and using the answers to create the message that’s most valuable for the project. Steve is also just darn fun to talk to: he genuinely listens to you and offers a valuable perspective on many topics. I wish we had more chances to work together.”

 Thomas McCormally
Director of Emerging Media and Community Outreach
Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics


“Steve has true guru status in fundraising and I consider him a leader in the field. As a direct report to him at, he was a tremendous mentor. Steve knows every aspect of fundraising inside and out—from the intricacies of Raiser’s Edge database management through the most personal and delicate aspects of relationship-building with major gift prospects and donors. He is a rare fundraiser in that he has both the intellect and the social savvy to do it all (and he has done it all!). Steve is also a person of integrity, sincerity and an abiding sense of goodwill. It was a pleasure to work for him and it remains a privilege to have him as a mentor.”

Nikki Speer
Major Gifts Manager


“On behalf of the Northern Rio Grande National Heritage Area Board, we would like to thank you for the work you did reorganizing and editing our draft management plan . . . You pulled the plan into a well organized, well edited, clear, readable document . . . You performed this intense work in a very short time, necessitated by our own need to meet a deadline . . . Thanks to you, we met it. That you carried out this project with input from several of us, staff and Board, with ease, good grace and professionalism, was, in our view, exceptional. The task was large and we were entirely satisfied with the results. We will be more than happy to recommend you to any future clients.”

Katherine Mortimer
Board Chair
Northern Rio Grande National Heritage Area

Willow Powers
Board Member


“From my work with Steve on the executive team at, the things I most like to highlight are his energy, his integrity, and his breadth of understanding of the fundamentals of not-for-profit organizations. Not only did Steve always have a clear view of the dynamics playing out in his ‘industry,’ but he always was ahead of the curve in terms of building a plan and marshaling the resources to get WaterPartners to ‘the next level’ in terms of its capacity to be authentically recognized and to attract committed financial partners. Given the size of WaterPartners at the time, this required real prowess as a communicator, both internally and to every imaginable interest outside the organization, while building up the organization’s infrastructure and extending its professionalism to new areas of work. His achievements in these areas were unprecedented in the organization’s history, and he did this always with a principled, yet low-key, approach. For me, that made him a key ally in advancing the interests of a great organization.”

 John Fitzpatrick
Director of International Programs


“I had the pleasure of working for Steve Byers as a PR & media consultant from 2007-2008 while he was at His professionalism, cordiality and flexibility made him a dynamic partner in our overall efforts to deliver the message. Particularly, I benefited greatly from his vast knowledge of the international development and non-profit space – an education that has benefited me today. I cannot speak more highly of a business colleague.”

Evan Howell
Integrated Media &
Marketing Strategy Consultant


“You are an excellent facilitator and strategic thinker. You quickly grasp what an organization is all about and what the underlying issues are. You can take a concept, formulate it and help the group move forward so we feel like we’re getting somewhere.”

 Kathy Borgman
Executive Director
Friends of Arrow Rock


“Thanks again for all your help with our strategic plan. It was a great process for us and I know it will help us as we move forward.”

Audrey Porsche
Director of Development & Marketing
Kansas City Actors Theatre


“I found your training and guidance as a consultant extremely valuable. It gave me a foundation of understanding of the basics of fundraising and forced me to think through a lot of issues that I might not have otherwise, such as reports, tracking, net vs. gross proceeds, renewing and upgrading donors, etc.”


Stacie Jorgensen
Director of Advancement
Village Northwest Unlimited


“With appropriate input from our board and members, Steve Byers has produced appealing and concise Vision and Mission Statements for the Friends; we have never been able to do this on our own, despite several attempts over the years. Based on thoughtful discussions with committees of our Board, Steve has also written a Strategic Vision document that we are excited about, with practical new ideas that I feel will move the Friends to a higher level of achievement in fundraising, fulfilling our mission, and making new friends for our historic town.”

Thomas B. Hall III
Friends of Arrow Rock


“I have had the privilege of knowing Steve for many years and in several different roles during his career. Steve is a bright individual and has a vast knowledge in all areas of fundraising. He thinks beyond the bounds and offers new ideas. He is a pleasure to work with and I appreciate his expertise.”

 Dorene Shipley
Executive Director—Foundations
Carondelet Health


“Steve is very knowledgeable. He will work with you and all of your staff with ease. He makes everyone feel an important part of the team. He is well versed in all of fundraising. He is a gifted writer and will step in and help you do the job, not just tell you how to do it. He is dependable, on time, and has a great sense of humor. I would hire Steve anytime I need some expert help in fundraising.”

 Pam McNally
Former Vice President of Development
University of Saint Mary


“Steve and I worked together on development and communications projects at Children’s Mercy Hospital and have consulted with one another since then. Steve’s integrity and work ethic create a strong foundation for his every endeavor. He is a joy to work with. You can count on Steve to deliver on your organization’s objectives with well-grounded, practical and creative solutions. He’s an all-around great guy.”

 Julie Bartels Smith, ABC
JB Smith Communications, Inc.