About Us

Our Story

After more than 15 years as a professional fundraiser, Michael J. Buckley, CFRE founded The Killoe Group in 2017 out of a desire to help small to medium-sized non-profits enhance efficiency and achieve their goals. Based in 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, the firm's name expresses our commitment to honoring our clients’ unique histories while helping to prepare for a sustainable and successful future.

Our Team

Michael J. Buckley, CFRE

Mike Buckley is a non-profit consultant, coach, and speaker working with small and medium-sized organizations to achieve sustained results. As a career fundraiser with nearly 20 years in the industry, 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 impactful and sought-after speaker on topics including actionable fundraising data, donor personas, and strategic planning.

Mike began his fundraising career as a student phon-a-thon caller at his alma mater. He then progressed to serve in multiple fundraising roles in higher education around New York’s Capital Region. Before founding The Killoe Group, Mike most recently 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.

Because of his knowledge, experience, and passion for this industry, Mike has been invited to speak at the Association for Animal Welfare Advancement, Northeast Annual Giving Conference, New York State Animal Protection Federation, and Hudson Mohawk Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

Mike currently serves as President on the Board of Education for the Schools of the Albany Catholic Diocese. He also serves on the Board of Education for the Saratoga Independent School and as Past President of Hudson Mohawk Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

As a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), Mike meets a series of standards set by CFRE International which include tenure in the profession, education, and demonstrated fundraising achievement for non-profit and 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 with his wife Alison O'Brien Buckley. Mike enjoys traveling to warm climates, drinking red wine and following the New York Mets.

Our Clients

We have worked with a number of non-profit organizations, including those listed below.

Next Steps

Connect with our experts by calling (518) 203-3799 or emailing mbuckley@thekilloegroup.com.