The Loss of My Philanthropic Brother
He directed a significant part of the early educational and research efforts by the National Society of Fund Raising Executives, now known as the Association of Fundraising Professionals. As its national board vice president, he also helped lead the development of the Certified Fundraising Professional Credential (CFRE) and educational programs (First Course and Survey Course).
George and I met years ago and began to work continually together as associate consultants. The life of a consultant is hard. For example, he and I were working on a campaign for Kiwanis International in Montreal, Canada in 2006. The convention was great, but it rained for days. I remember him and me getting on a Montreal Underground Metro System train and arriving at the Kiwanis International Convention soaking wet. We worked side by side for 14 hours and went back to the hotel lobby only to work four more hours in preparation for the next day.
I also remember the many lectures he and I would give to groups. Even though we had the same level of experience, we viewed things differently. That is why I love the art and science of our profession. He was driven by exceeding expectations. He also gave away thousands of dollars in free consulting advice. Ask the hundreds of professionals he mentored through the years. He firmly believed that one had to build an exciting-yet-prudent business plan, develop and maintain strong community and constituent relationships, and continually seeking quality-focused results.
When you work with a band of philanthropic brothers and sisters for many years, you see the collective soul of a network of good people focused on one purpose. That purpose is to make our society a better place. I know I can speak for Del Staecker, Ronald Kaplan, Jim Gillespie and others who also had a close relationship with George when we say well done, good and faithful servant. My prayers go to Marcy and the Mongon family. The nonprofit profession has permanently lost an important member of the philanthropic band of brothers and sisters. He cannot be replaced, but I hope others aspire to be like him.
I have been blessed to have had such a friend and colleague. While our plans for the future are not meant to be, I will cherish the time and memories we spent together. You are already missed.
F. Duke Haddad, EdD, CFRE, is currently associate director of development, director of capital campaigns and director of corporate development for The Salvation Army Indiana Division in Indianapolis, Indiana. In addition, he is also president of Duke Haddad and Associates, LLC, and freelance instructor for Nonprofit Web Advisor.
He has been a contributing author to NonProfit PRO for the past 13 years.
He received his doctorate degree from West Virginia University with an emphasis on education administration, master’s degree from Marshall University with an emphasis in public administration and a bachelor’s degree from West Virginia University in business administration, with an emphasis in marketing/management. He has also done post graduate work at the University of Louisville.