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David Disend, Senior Consulting Associate

David Disend has led efforts that have raised more than $1.5 billion. He has supervised staffs as large as 65 and has managed budgets as large as $7.5 million. He and his teams amassed 27 CASE (Council for the Advancement and Support of Education) and IABC (International Association of Business Communicators) awards, including twice winning, as a chief advancement officer, the CASE award for most improved fundraising effort.

He has a distinguished career in planning, leading, and doing fundraising efforts for education, healthcare and cultural organizations. He has over 15 years of experience as a university vice president, and has trained boards and staffs on best practices, fundraising responsibilities, major gifts, planned gifts, and real estate gifts around the country. He is a donor and a volunteer with the Audubon Society, The Nature Conservancy, Rails-to-Trails, and the Sierra Club. David served on the landscape and trails committees in both Klamath Falls, OR, and in Clayton, CA. David developed the sponsored trail program in Clayton, CA.

Most recently he served as the Senior Director of Philanthropic Planning at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Washington, DC. He has been Vice President for Advancement at Oakland University (MI), John F. Kennedy University (CA), Antioch College (OH), and Oregon Institute of Technology. He has also held senior advancement and development posts at Georgetown University and University of Miami where he was Assistant Vice President for University Advancement and Director of Major Gifts. Locally he has counseled Seton Medical Center, Year Up San Francisco, and the Institute of International Education. Prior to his career in fundraising, David was a school teacher and academic dean in independent schools.

David currently serves on the national board of the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners. He has a long career of board service with the Association of Fundraising Professionals. He served on the boards of the Miami, Florida; Dayton, Ohio; Detroit, Michigan, and Golden Gate (San Francisco) Chapters, where he also served as chapter president. David served on the AFP International board for three years. David’s strong commitment to fostering a diverse workforce in philanthropy led to creating and endowing the AFP David Disend and ?? Diverse Communities Scholarship.

David is based in Castro Valley, California.