Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Raising money is his passion

Raising money is his passion: "Raising money is his passion

By Cliff Peale
Enquirer staff writer
Zoom The Enquirer/Cara Owsley
Pat Ryan is chairman and CEO of Skystone Ryan, a fund-raising consultant that's helped nonprofits from Freestore Foodbank to the Contemporary Arts Center.

Expertise: Nonprofit fund-raising consultant.

Chairman and CEO: Pat Ryan.

President and COO: John Olberding.

Year founded: 1977, as Staley Robeson Ryan.

Employees: 60.

Headquarters: 638 W. Seventh St., Suite 107, Queensgate. (513) 241-6778.

Clients: Nearly 80 organizations around the country. Since its founding, the firm has served more than 200 nonprofits in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.

In more than three decades raising money for nonprofit groups, Pat Ryan has successfully collected $50,000 from Jimmy Hoffa and been turned down by Mother Teresa.

The solicitation to Hoffa's Teamsters Union, for a hospital expansion near Detroit, came in cash - in a brown paper bag.

'I took it to the bank,' recalls Ryan, chairman and chief executive officer of Queensgate-based fund-raising consultant firm Skystone Ryan. 'I was stupid because I should have counted it."

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