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The Key to Being a Good Fundraiser: Curiosity

Dale L. Wright
Associate Dean & Chief Advancement Officer, The Grainger College of Engineering University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Dale Wright serves as associate dean & chief advancement officer for The Grainger College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is responsible for the strategy and operations in fundraising and constituent engagement and is the campaign director for the college’s $550M goal in the “With Illinois” $2.25B comprehensive campaign. As of today, the college is at 109% of the goal.

Dale Wright serves as associate dean & chief advancement officer for The Grainger College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is responsible for the strategy and operations in fundraising and constituent engagement and is the campaign director for the college’s $550M goal in the “With Illinois” $2.25B comprehensive campaign. As of today, the college is at 109% of the goal.

Over the last 20+ years, Wright has held a variety of alumni and fundraising engagement roles in higher education. He has guided several deans, academic leaders and university leadership through the campaign planning process and execution, over three $1B+ comprehensive campaigns. Experienced fundraiser and leader, designing engagement programs to help teams and volunteers meet philanthropic goals.

Wright is an active CASE volunteer, currently serving on CASE District V Cabinet and appears regularly as a faculty member/speaker at CASE conferences and other CASE educational programs. Wright also holds membership in organizations such as the African American Development Officers Network, the Association of Fundraising Professionals and is involved in other non-profit work, including serving on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors for the American Legion Boys State of Missouri (Missouri Boys State). He earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Missouri (Mizzou).

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