Erik J. Daubert, MBA, ACFRE

Growth in Giving/Fundraising Effectiveness Project

With over 25 years of experience, Erik Daubert is regarded as a leader in the nonprofit sector and in nonprofit management. As Director of Financial Development Education with the YMCA of the USA, Erik works to maximize the philanthropic capacity of the YMCA movement.

Utilizing innate character traits such as sincerity, credibility, and trustworthiness to facilitate change and positive outcomes, Erik has passionately served nonprofit organizations in various roles ranging from front line staff member, volunteer, chief executive officer, to trusted advisor and more. Erik brings this breadth of experience, innovative style, creative leadership, and business acumen to provide foundational principles and inspirational thinking to individuals, groups and organizations. Erik has engaged and motivated thousands of staff members, executives, boards and volunteers to reach their goals and have lasting impact in their communities. Highly effective at facilitating and working with organizations and individuals, Erik is vastly skilled at developing and enhancing both teams and individuals to reach their next levels and succeed at sound objectives. Promoting education and turning it into foundational building blocks and action steps for forward progress is a gift Erik shares with his constituents. His work on fundraising campaigns, board development, organizational visions, nonprofit analytics, financial development and strategic plans with diverse groups, enhances their purpose, strategies, and results, while building capacities and capabilities in many arenas.

Consistently ranked as a top speaker, teacher, trainer and keynote presenter at national and international conferences, Erik’s depth of knowledge and enthusiasm for improving the sector is evident. He has taught courses and designed curriculum with many nonprofit clients in addition to Duke University, The Fund Raising School in the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University, LaGrange College, and Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota in certificate, undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Erik is also an AFP Master Trainer.

Erik is one of the most certified fundraising professionals in the world and holds the lifetime credential of Advanced Certified Fund Raising Executive (ACFRE) – one of approximately 100 worldwide. He is Past-Chair of the ACFRE Certification Board, and is Chair of the AFP Research Council, as well as serving on other national and international nonprofit boards, committees and task forces. In addition he is the Chair of the Growth in Giving Initiative and the Fundraising Effectiveness Project, one of the largest philanthropic research projects in the world (www.afpfep.org), while also serving as an Affiliated Scholar with the Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy at the Urban Institute in Washington, DC.

Erik has written books, manuals and articles on topics such as nonprofit research, philanthropy, annual, capital, endowment, grant getting, major gifts and more. His latest book (co-authored) is entitled Strategies and Tools to Raise Money and was published as an e-book through John Wiley & Sons, Inc. in 2012. His work has been referenced, published and quoted in resources including BoardSource, Advancing Philanthropy, The Nonprofit Times, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, the Foundation Center, The Huffington Post and many others.


Pre-Conference Workshop, Major Gifts, Techniques To Improve, One-To-One Counsulting Appointments

Cultivating Mid-Level Pipelines


This breakout session will focus on cultivating and growing your nonprofit organization’s mid-level donors. An often overlooked population in our donor databases, this group provides strong current contributed revenue, while not yet being recognized as major donors in our nonprofits. This session will help participants identify, cultivate and create strategy for developing mid-level donors to […]

Major Gifts

Strategic Donor Retention Workshop Using FFT & FEP Principles (AFP)


The focus of this workshop is on understanding your fundraising effectiveness as an organization and taking the information learned to develop programs to improve and enhance donor retention and giving over time.  We will use information from the Fundraising Fitness Test to understand current financial development programming and compare it with what is happening at […]