D.C. Dreger joins The Cagney Company as Senior Associate

D.C. Dreger, ACFRE, MA is a seasoned development leader dedicated to promoting international collaboration. D.C.’s specialties include capacity building, major gifts and international philanthropy. Serving with Habitat for Humanity International, he provided fundraising and management counsel to 20 United States affiliates and 10 countries in Latin America/Caribbean in growing local fundraising capacity to develop diverse revenue streams, including annual fund, capital campaign, micro-finance and legacy initiatives. The campaign exceeded its five-year goal at more than $4 billion.

Working with social, human service and religious agencies to raise leadership and major gifts, D.C. Dreger develops strong relationships with board and donors, implementing comprehensive strategic and marketing plans and growing influence in the community. The focus is on influencing within and without the organization, leading board members and staff toward success by implementing best practices and managing a challenging yet achievable fundraising plan. He has directed planning studies and capital campaigns for churches, YMCA, Habitat for Humanity, Salvation Army and others.

D.C. is a former member of the boards of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Global and AFP’s Foundation for Philanthropy. He serves on AFP’s International Development Committee and Content Advisory Committee, and is Past President of the AFP Southeastern Tennessee Chapter. He holds the Advanced Fundraising Executive Certification (ACFRE), is a AFP Master Teacher, a graduate of AFP’s Management and Leadership institutes and holds a Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Organizational Leadership. D.C. was born on the Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua and lived there during his youth.

Upcoming Presentations and Events

December 11, 2019

AFP Webinar: Small World, Big Money

Hear from three international fundraising experts (Penelope Cagney, Simone Joyeaux and Ligia Pena) on what’s trending in fundraising and philanthropy in other parts of the world and what that means for North America. Find out what other countries are using and how that can be applied domestically. Are international donors for you and what considerations do you need to bear in mind when approaching international donors? For more information and to register click here.

In Other News

See January 1, 2019, book review of “Global Best Practices for CSO, NGO and Other Nonprofit Boards” in AFP International’s magazine Advancing Philanthropy.

See August 23, 2018, post “Global Quest for Exceptional Governance” by Penelope Cagney in BoardSource blog.

International Statement of Fundraising Principles Revised. Penelope Cagney served on the Oversight Committee for the review of the International Statement of Fundraising Principles. The Committee, comprised of leaders from fundraising associations around the world and select other sector leaders, met in London in July 2018 for the International Fundraising Summit to finalize the revision of the Statement and to discuss other matters of mutual interest. The Summit was hosted by the UK’s Institute of Fundraisers in conjunction with their annual conference. The Statement was last updated in 2016, and in light of many changes in the fundraising environment (new technologies and regulations), a review of the document as imperative. As part of the summit, delegates from 24 fundraising associations ratified what has been called an outline of shared “ethical approach for fundraisers, wherever they work” and “centres on shared principles for fundraising, which are rooted in honesty, respect, integrity, transparency and responsibility.” The Cagney Company subscribes to the Statement.


Toronto and Milan-based Pixel Palette Inc partners with The Cagney Company to offer innovative and effective story-telling. Award-winning Pixel Palette Inc is a Film Production Company founded in 2004 by director and producer Vikram Dasgupta. They provide Documentary, Film and Video production services from conception to actualization, with whatever means the subject demands. Pixel Palette act as a creative boutique and collaborates with clients and artists to instrument storytelling across multiple platforms. Their expertise ranges from live-action to motion design & from animation to visual effects. Their primary goal is to humanize organizations, artists and individuals by telling their stories and making them more accessible to a wider audience. Among their nonprofit clients are Dogma (India), Reel/World Film Festival, Plan Canada, Canadian Centre of Ethics in Sports, Canada National Ballet and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

Publication News – First Books on Fundraising & Governance in China

The Chinese language version of “Global Best Practices for CSO, NGO and Other Nonprofit Boards” will be published by Shanghai University of Finance and Economic Press in August 2019. Penelope Cagney teamed up with BoardSource and John Wiley and Sons, largest academic publisher in the world, to produce the book. Her other Wiley  publications: “Nonprofit Consulting Essentials” with the Alliance for Nonprofit Management and co-editing of the multi-award winning “Global Fundraising” with AFP International.The Chinese language version of “Global Fundraising: How the World is Changing the Rules of Philanthropy.” co-edited by Penelope Cagney, was released in June 2018 by Shanghai University of Finance and Economics Press.