About Us

Our Story

In 2017, The Killoe Group was founded by our President Michael Buckley, CFRE.  After more than 15 years as a professional fundraiser in both higher education and community non-profits, Mike started the firm out of a desire to help smaller non-profits achieve their goals as efficiently as possible.  Based in upstate New York, The Killoe Group strives to provide inspirational professional counsel to organizations at an affordable cost.

Named in honor of the Parish of Killoe in County Longford, Ireland, our firm's name exhibits our commitment to honoring the history of the organizations we work with while helping to inspire for the future.

Meet the Team


Michael J. Buckley, CFRE

A career fundraiser, Mike Buckley is a non-profit consultant\coach working with small and medium-sized non-profits to increase results.  Mike's extensive experience includes annual campaign audits and management, capital campaign leadership, interim and ad-hoc program leadership and providing inspirational counsel to his clients.  Mike is an effective and sought after speaker on topics including actionable fundraising data, donor personas, and strategic planning.

Previous to The Killoe Group, Mike served as the Chief Philanthropy & External Affairs Officer at the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society in Albany, NY. In this role, Mike had overall responsibility for unrestricted, capital and legacy giving as well as strategically increasing exposure of the organization.  Previous to this position, Mike served in multiple fundraising roles in higher education in the Albany area.  Mike began his fundraising career as a student phon-a-thon caller at his alma mater.

Mike has been an invited speaker at the Association for Animal Welfare Advancement, the Northeast Annual Giving Conference, New York State Animal Protection Federation and the Hudson Mohawk Chapter of the Association of Fund Raising Professionals, of which he currently serves as Past President.  Mike also serves on the Board of Education for the Schools of the Albany Diocese and the Saratoga Independent School.

As a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), Mike has met a series of standards set by CFRE International which include tenure in the profession, education, and demonstrated fundraising achievement for not-for-profit organizations. CFRE’s also pass a rigorous written examination testing the knowledge, skills, and abilities required of a fundraising executive, and have agreed to uphold CFRE Accountability Standards, the Donor Bill of Rights and the International Statement of Ethical Principles in Fundraising.

A native of Long Island, Mike now resides in Guilderland, NY.

Next Steps...

Our firm is always available to "talk shop," explore ideas and discuss possible collaborations.  E-mail us at mbuckley@thekilloegroup.com or via phone at (518) 203-3799.