Karen Osborne

Birgit Smith Burton

Birgit Smith Burton is Executive Director of Foundation Relations at Georgia Institute of Technology, and is a respected leader in the fundraising profession having raised more than $500M during her 30-year career. As the executive director of foundation relations at Georgia Tech, she led her team in raising $309M toward the institute's most recent successful $1.8B capital campaign.

Burton is a well-regarded speaker on the topics of fundraising and diversity. She has authored articles on diversity in the fundraising profession, co-authored the book, The Philanthropic Covenant with Black America and contributed to the book Five Minutes for Fundraising, A Collection of Expert Advice. She was proud to be selected by Georgia Tech leadership to participate in the first cohort of Leading Women @ Tech, which identified the next community of leaders who will guide the Institution in the 21st century.

Birgit serves on the international board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and is Vice Chair for Membership Engagement. She chairs the A.E. Lowe Grice Scholarship Fund and Hosea Helps board of directors. Birgit is an advisor for the Aspen Leadership Group and founder and chair of the African American Development Officers Network, which for 21 years has supported diversity in the fundraising profession by promoting professional development and facilitating interaction among its members.

Burton earned a bachelor's degree in media communications from Medaille College in Buffalo, New York.