Pay It Forward

Duke has extensive experience as a nonprofit practitioner and consultant. He has been a contributing author to NonProfit PRO for the last nine years and has had the CFRE designation for the last 25 years. He has also been a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals for over 35 years. He received his doctorate from West Virginia University with an emphasis in philanthropy, masters from Marshall University with an emphasis on resource development and a bachelor's degree from West Virginia University with emphasis in marketing/management. Currently he is executive director of development for The Salvation Army Indiana Division. Contact Duke at dhaddad324@gmail.com.

I have always had a personality that cared about others. I have many weaknesses, but my one great strength is empathy. When I am with someone, I immediately place myself in their shoes. Another factor that has shaped my being is sports. I have loved sports from a very early age. I enjoyed playing individual sports and team sports. The thrill of competition is something that I have loved and have never forgotten...

I am writing this blog post on a Sunday morning, which is 17 hours after the 23rd annual WIBC Radiothon benefitting The Salvation Army Indiana Division ended. This important event provides a great deal of visibility for The Salvation Army in the community and promotes the mission, focus, programs and services The Salvation Army provides on an ongoing basis...

When you work for an organization like The Salvation Army that has many key holiday special “getting-and-giving” activities during the last quarter of the calendar year, you do not have a great deal of time to think about the short- and long-term future...

I want everyone to give not only through the holidays, but over the entire year in some form that is meaningful and realistic to their situation. Everyone can give time and talent. Not everyone can give treasure, but they know of others with greater means to give treasure...

Ever since junior high school, I have been inspired by quotes. My eighth-grade history teacher would provide us with at least one significant quote a week. I was inspired by these quotes on a variety of topics...

Several years ago, I was asked to be part of a meeting between a nonprofit and a significant business in the community. At first glance, one would expect that the nonprofit did not have the total resources it needed for success. The business the nonprofit was soliciting had tremendous resources, plus community clout. I was just asked to attend and observe...

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