Dan joined Marts & Lundy as a Senior Consultant on January 1, 2016. Dan has spent more than 30 years in fundraising, serving four public universities and consulting with many others. Most recently, he resumed his fundraising and leadership consulting business after serving two years as chief development officer responsible for all fundraising at the Arizona State University. ASU posted a record fundraising total in 2015-16 with more than $200 million in new gifts and commitments in Dan’s first full year in the position.
Prior to establishing Dan Saftig Consulting in 2012, Dan served as President and CEO of the Iowa State University Foundation. During Dan’s tenure from 2003 to 2012, more than $1 billion in private support was secured for the benefit of Iowa State. In 2011, the ISU Foundation completed the largest campaign in Iowa State’s history — Campaign Iowa State. The ISU Foundation secured more private support during Campaign Iowa State than in the previous 25 years. In 2010, Non Profit Times named the ISU Foundation as one of the best nonprofits to work for in America.
Prior to Iowa State, Dan served as Vice President of Marketing and Communications for the Minnesota Medical Foundation (MMF) at the University of Minnesota. During his tenure, MMF completed a $500 million campaign supporting medical research and education.
Dan’s career also includes Penn State University, where he led the annual giving, regional major gift and prospect research programs. He also has represented the American Heart Association in Wisconsin and California and worked for CCS, a national consulting firm, as executive campaign director.
Dan began his career as sports information director at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, where he earned his bachelor’s degree. He also holds a master’s degree in nonprofit administration from the University of San Francisco. Dan is a John Maxwell-certified coach, trainer and speaker on issues related to leadership and personal growth.