As a leading expert in the fields of Strategic Grant Writing, Nonprofit Organizational Development, Capacity Building, and Community and Organizational Development, Skylar Joyner is passionate about Social Work, Grant Writing, Nonprofit Management, Research, and leveraging Information Technology for maximizing Organizational Productivity. For more than fifteen years, he has successfully built dynamic and effective multi-tiered cross-disciplinary programs for multiple nonprofit organizations to ensure that they achieve their mission focus and simultaneously create enhanced socioeconomic capacity.
As the current CEO of Community & Business Development, LLC, (CBD) he is a key executive catalyst towards Connecting Communities with Business. Success can be summarized by strengthening community collaborations, leveraging his expertise in Information Technology as 1 of only 1,000 Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals, and promoting innovative social entrepreneurship tools in an effort to increase funding and sustainable capacities in a Triple-Win outcome.
Mr. Joyner is a widely sought after Consultant and Lecturer for organizations, universities and philanthropic institutions to increase financial capacity and fiscal engagement in communities, collaborations, and partnerships. Prior to to becoming the CEO of CBD, he founded the Grant Writing Innovation Center in 2001, while partnering with hundreds of executives as a Consultant at the YMCA, Urban League of Kansas, Boy Scouts of America, and was a Senior Vice President at the Kansas Grant Writers Association. He currently serves on multiple Advisory Boards including Microsoft's Most Valuable Professionals Forum, The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE), The Center for Advancement of Informal Science Education (CAISE), The Futurist Society of America (FSA), and the Forum of Global Social Innovation (FGSI).
Mr. Joyner has written numerous grants, proposals, and nonprofit management business plans for CEO's, CFO's, Nonprofit Organizations, and Academic entities as both a professional and student. He also currently serves as the Bill & Melinda Gates Endowed Chair in Grant Writing for The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.