With more than 40 years of top-level leadership experience in the charitable sector, Mike King is one of the nation’s premier nonprofit executives. Since 2010, Mr. King has served as national president and CEO of Volunteers of America, one of the oldest and largest human service charities in the United States. He helms an organization with an annual budget topping $1.3 billion, with approximately 15,000 employees and one of the nation’s largest affordable housing portfolios with more than 25,000 units. He also acts as chief liaison between the national organization and its 30 regional affiliates. During his tenure, Mr. King spearheaded Volunteers of America’s first paid advertising and marketing campaign, and has made growing public awareness of the organization to support fundraising a major priority. To this end, Mr. King has established a number of multi-million dollar corporate partnerships in recent years, including a growing relationship with The Home Depot, which has already provided more than $11 million to build or improve housing for formerly homeless veterans. Other corporate partnerships include those with Humana Foundation, HSBC, Niagara Bottling and Capital One.
Mr. King has been a major advocate for Volunteers of America in Washington, D.C., both on Capitol Hill and among other human service organizations. His work has focused on the preservation of federal funding and other resources that support populations most in need. Mr. King has been an outspoken advocate in support of preserving the charitable tax deduction, including testifying before the House Ways and Means Committee. His testimony focused on the negative effects capping charitable income tax deductions would have on human service providers and the people they support. Starting in January 2022, Mr. King will serve as chair of the board of directors of LeadingAge, the association representing more than 5,000 nonprofit aging services providers. Additionally, Mr. King previously sat on the executive committee of Leadership 18 – an alliance of the nation’s largest charities and nonprofits – and has given speeches to groups including the Points of Light Foundation Conference on Volunteering and Service, the National Housing Conference and Association of Fundraising Professionals.
In 2013, Mr. King served as a visiting faculty member at the University of Texas at Austin, where he developed and taught the course “Innovations and Trends in the Nonprofit Sector.” As part of the partnership with The University of Texas, Mr. King convened a panel discussion with retired Adm. Bobby Inman on Veterans Day 2013 to explore solutions to help veterans in need.
Previously, Mr. King served as CEO of Volunteers of America Texas before leading the national organization. While at the affiliate, he oversaw direct care programs serving 25,000 people annually with specialties in substance abuse, developmental disabilities and low-income housing. He has held executive positions with United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, the Volunteer Center of Dallas, ChildCareGroup and Volunteer–The National Center. Mr. King served as a facilitator of leadership training for Hewlett Packard and has also served on the faculty of both the University of Colorado and the Institute for Advanced Volunteer Management in the United Kingdom. In 1986, he was awarded the White House’s Outstanding Volunteer Action Award by President Ronald Reagan.
Mr. King holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Texas Christian University and a Master’s degree in civic affairs from the University of Dallas.