F. Duke Haddad

F. Duke Haddad

Duke has extensive experience as a nonprofit practitioner, author, lecturer and consultant. He has been a contributing author to NonProfit PRO for the last 11 years. He has been a long-standing member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals where he was previously named the AFP Indiana Chapter Fundraising Executive of the Year and has held the CFRE designation for many years.

He received his doctorate degree from West Virginia University with an emphasis in education administration, master’s degree from Marshall University with an emphasis in public administration and a bachelor’s degree from West Virginia University with an emphasis in marketing/management. He has also completed post graduate work at the University of Louisville.

He is currently executive director of development for The Salvation Army Indiana Division in Indianapolis, IN plus Adjunct Professor for Olivet Nazarene University. Contact Duke at dhaddad324@gmail.com or 317-224-1029. 

Give Internal Candidates a Chance for Promotion

Several years ago, I worked for an organization as the No. 2 manager. I had an excellent performance record. I was loyal and did everything I could to promote the organization. My boss retired, and the organization decided to spend $60,000 on hiring a national search firm to secure his replacement...

Employee Retention During Low Nonprofit Unemployment—A Mandatory Focus

When low nonprofit employment occurs, it hurts when employees resign, because it may take longer than usual to fill positions if you are fortunate enough to do so. Many employees use low unemployment as a leverage within their current jobs. Since the cost of replacing employees is very high, employers must brace themselves for the current new reality...

The Importance of Nonprofit Recruiting

I have done my fair share of nonprofit recruiting and have hired a number of individuals through my long career. Each search was unique and, at times, tested my patience. Ideally, you want to keep good employees, but cannot always achieve this goal for a variety of reasons...

The Music Impact on Charitable Causes

I love to listen to music. I typically start the day with classical music to place my mind in a daily rhythm. On visits during the day, I will listen to music from a variety of decades. It all depends on my mood. Recently, I was thinking about music impact on philanthropy...

What Is the Fundraising Cycle?

We have seen what the fundraising cycle is and how to succeed using this cycle. We also need to understand the fact that the fundraising cycle is not static but dynamic. This cycle changes over time and you must determine when cycle elements change...

The Importance of Fundraising Metrics

I was having a lively discussion with my fundraising staff recently. No matter what your training, every fundraiser typically weighs in on important fundraising metrics to follow for ultimate fundraising success...

Former Board Members—An Overlooked Nonprofit Resource

What I've learned in my experience with Lawrence Township School Foundation is that many nonprofit organizations forget former board members once their term limits expire. What a waste of potential continual resources...

Is Nonprofit Service to Others Part of Your DNA?

I attended a recent Kiwanis service club luncheon in Indianapolis. The theme of the lunch was nonprofit service by a variety of youth organizations related under the Kiwanis umbrella. Kiwanis International is a global community of clubs, members and partners dedicated to improving the lives of children...

The New Development Director Is Hired—Now What?

We all have to start somewhere in our careers. When I started my career as development director at the University of Louisville, I felt unprepared. I had very little guidance from a rookie boss, and I was desperately trying to feel my way...

Profile of Ernie Vargo and How a Hospital Changed Its Name

When you have been in the nonprofit profession for a number of years, you interact with many colleagues. I am blessed to have known and continue to know colleagues who have impacted me during my career. One special person who I admire for a variety of reasons is Ernie Vargo, II, CFRE, in Indianapolis...

Make Effective Internal Communications a Priority

Have you ever given thought to your nonprofit’s internal communications? Every day, you communicate several times to a variety of people within your organization, using various communication methods. Are these communications effective?...

Does Your Organization Have a Nonprofit Succession Planning Program in Place?

I am continually amazed at the growing number of nonprofits without an nonprofit succession planning program. This scenario applies not only to the CEO position but other key administrative positions. I am also referring to chief development officers. Running an effective nonprofit is difficult enough without having succession planning issues...

Is a Nonprofit Career in Your Future?

I have been writing articles and blogs for many years. I love to promote having a nonprofit career and to share information with others. The by-product of writing is the variety of questions asked of me in a given month. These questions represent a wide range of topics...

Was Your Recent Nonprofit Special Event Well Attended?

Like all of us in this industry, we are invited to many nonprofit special events every month. These events represent breakfasts, luncheons and dinners that contain elements of meetings, seminars, lectures, receptions and other activities...