Scott Decksheimer, CFRE
Scott Decksheimer has worked in the non-profit field for more than 19 years. He has been a fundraising consultant since 2004. Before moving to consulting, Scott was the Director of Fund Development at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) in Calgary for four years. At SAIT, he worked with his team of 20 to complete an $80 million campaign, which at the time was the largest fundraising campaign in southern Alberta history and the second largest in Alberta’s history. That campaign surpassed its goal in the 44th month of a 60 month campaign.
Prior to joining SAIT, Scott was the Executive Director of The Kidney Foundation of Canada (Saskatchewan Branch) and Manager of Fund Development and Media Relations at the Canadian Diabetes Association, Saskatchewan Division. He has a wide array of experience including lotteries, moves management, alumni campaigns, foundations, direct mail, phone campaigns, events, planned giving, major gift and capital campaigns.
Scott remains active at the local and national levels of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). He currently serves as a Board Member of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy Canada (where he is the Past Chair), of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (Internationally), and of the Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations. He was the founding President of the Saskatoon Chapter of AFP and was actively involved in the formation of the AFP Canadian Council.
Scott was honoured by the AFP Calgary & Area Chapter as the 2013 Outstanding Fundraising Professional in recognition of his career in fundraising and support of the profession.
Scott has presented internationally on topics including “Developing Your Case for Support”, “From Tin Cup to Fund Development", and “Fundraising Tactics for the Small Non-profit Organization” He is well known for his ground-breaking research with Tony Myers titled “Origins of Giving . . . Affairs of the Heart”, which relates to the philanthropic interests of major gift donors and the roots of their philanthropic spirit. He has worked with a North American team of development professionals to create a program to teach the model for conversation which he helped to develop.
Scott has a public administration degree from the University of Saskatchewan.
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