Discovering the Secret Giver
In my role as executive director of development for the Indiana Division of The Salvation Army, I have been pleasantly surprised during the past year. On three occasions, The Salvation Army received bequests totaling $500,000 from individuals who did not inform us of their intentions during life.
One individual made 27 small gifts, and the two others made fewer than five small gifts combined. While they received information through the mail, they did not personally engage with any staff member. I was extremely happy about the much-needed donations but wonder if we could have built personal relationships with these donors over time.
Duke Haddad, Ed.D., CFRE, is currently associate director of development, director of capital campaigns and director of corporate development for The Salvation Army Indiana Division in Indianapolis. He also serves as president of Duke Haddad and Associates LLC and is a freelance instructor for Nonprofit Web Advisor.
He has been a contributing author to NonProfit PRO since 2008.
He received his doctorate degree from West Virginia University with an emphasis on education administration plus a dissertation on donor characteristics. He received a master’s degree from Marshall University with an emphasis on public administration plus a thesis on annual fund analysis. He secured a bachelor’s degree (cum laude) with an emphasis on marketing/management. He has done post graduate work at the University of Louisville.
Duke has received the Fundraising Executive of the Year Award, from the Association of Fundraising Professionals Indiana Chapter. He also was given the Outstanding West Virginian Award, Kentucky Colonel Award and Sagamore of the Wabash Award from the governors of West Virginia, Kentucky and Indiana, respectively, for his many career contributions in the field of philanthropy. He has maintained a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation for three decades.