Mark Davy, Chief Executive Officer

Mark Davy

Mark was awarded the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Outstanding Professional Fundraiser of the Year for 2010 and has been referred to as the “king” and “wizard” of fundraising by the St. Paul Pioneer Press. He is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Mark Davy & Associates and has directed and been instrumental in the success of hundreds of capital campaigns, for churches and other nonprofits, totaling more than $500 million.  Mark’s main strength is major gifts and has proven his talents by single-handedly closing numerous gifts in the $1 million to $10 million range.

Beginning his career as Director of Development for Benilde - St. Margaret’s Catholic High School, Mark developed a nationally acclaimed capital campaign model for secondary education. He then moved on to a position at the University of Minnesota where he served as Development Director for the School of Nursing, Pharmacy and Public Health. Three years later he was recruited to direct football coach Lou Holtz’s Champion’s Fund and later became Assistant Athletic Director in charge of external operations. Mark is one of only a few people to receive an honorary “M” from the University of Minnesota Athletic Department.

Mark has been a frequent speaker at national, state and local conferences on a wide array of subjects, including: Time Management for Fundraisers; Capital Campaigns; Major Gifts: Changing & Saving Lives; Working with a Consultant; International Philanthropy; Developing Proposals in Private Foundations; The Annual Fund and Women in Philanthropy.