Delta Waterfowl has hired Todd Burns as development director for the Midwest region, as the organization continues to grow strong support for its conservation, hunting and waterfowl research programs.

A lifelong waterfowler, Burns will focus on major gift procurement in the upper Mississippi Flyway, particularly in Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota. He brings more than two decades of experience in business development and non-profit fundraising to Delta, including more than 14 years of major gift procurement at universities in Wisconsin and Illinois. His interest in The Duck Hunters Organization stems from a 2018 youth waterfowl hunt with his daughter.

“It was then that I asked myself, ‘Why am I not using my knowledge and skills to enhance the sport I love?’” he said. “It was just a matter of time before the development director position at Delta Waterfowl was posted.”

Dr. Scott Petrie, chief executive officer, praised the unique qualifications Burns brings to Delta Waterfowl.

“Todd’s exceptional skills, record of accomplishment and passion for waterfowling make him a perfect fit,” he said. “I am certain he will help Delta continue to reach new heights.”

Burns lives in Illinois with his wife, Amy, sons Grayson and Joshua, and daughter, Aubrey. He most frequently hunts dry fields with his chocolate Lab, Piper, but best enjoys opportunities to slip on a pair of chest waders.

“There is a mystique about slipping into the water, with the unsure footing, and melting into the the reeds at the marsh’s edge,” he said. “Add a little steam coming off the water and whistling wings overhead, and well, you’ve found what I call ‘home’.”

To discuss donation options or planned giving, please contact Burns at (815) 953-1049 or