Bret Heinrich, MFA, CFRE

Vice Chair, Professional Development
Bret Heinrich, MFA, CFRE

Bret Heinrich is President and CEO of Wings of Hope, a 501 (c)(3) organization founded in 1962 that changes and saves lives through the power of aviation. Wings of Hope operates the Medical Relief & Air Transport (MAT) public benefit flight program in the United States and works with partners to deliver humanitarian service on a global basis. Wings of Hope is a two-time nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize and maintains top ratings on GuideStar and CharityNavigator.

Prior to joining Wings of Hope, Bret served as Chief Development Officer of St. Andrew’s Charitable Foundation, an organization dedicated to a mission of empowering elders and their caregivers through choices and options that foster a vital life. Bret’s experience also included roles with the OASIS Institute and The Laurasian Institution.

Bret is a Past-President of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), St. Louis Regional Chapter and also a member of the Association’s International Board of Directors. He served on the Kirkwood School District R-7 Board of Education where he achieved advanced board member certification and is also a Past-President of the Kirkwood School District Foundation Board of Directors. He serves as a member of the Kirkwood Arts Foundation Board of Directors. Nationally, Bret serves as Vice Chair on the Albuquerque Oasis Board of Directors and has served in leadership roles on other nonprofit boards. Bret is an Adjunct Instructor in the Washington University and the Webster University Nonprofit Management Programs and has made presentations throughout the United States and internationally.

Bret has a bachelor’s degree in English from Eureka College, in Eureka, Illinois, and an MFA from

Western Illinois University, in Macomb Illinois. In 2005, Bret earned his Certified Fundraising Executive credential. He is an ordained minister through the General Council of Christian Churches. Bret and his family reside in Kirkwood, Missouri. In his free time, Bret enjoys spending time with his family, reading, bicycling, and fishing.

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