Deborah Dale, CFRE

Deb Dale, CFRE

Strong leadership & team building skills to enhance our clients capacities.

Deb Dale is a founding partner of Smith &Dale. In addition to holding her CFRE (Certified Fund Raising Executive) credential, Deb is an Association of Fundraising Professionals Master Trainer (r), specializing in board facilitation, strategic planning, educational training and organizational performance audits. Deb has helped dozens of nonprofit organizations raise over $35 million in her fundraising career.

Prior to forming Smith & Dale, Deb served as Executive Director of Arizona List; Chief Development Officer for The Primavera Foundation; Corporate and Major Gifts Officer for the Southern Arizona Center Against Sexual Assault and was a founding partner of Décor Solutions, LLC, a special event company.

Deb has been honored by the University of Arizona’s Eller College ‘Ordinary Women Doing Extraordinary Things’ and was named one of Tucson’s ’40 Under 40 Business Leaders. In 2012, the Association of Fundraising Professionals selected Deb as Outstanding Fundraiser of the Year.

Deb has served on numerous committees and boards and currently sits on the board of the Women’s Foundation for Southern Arizona and the Arizona Alliance of Nonprofits Public Policy Council. For many years, Deb has served as on-air talent for Arizona Public Media radio and television fundraising drives.

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Fun Facts With Deb

  • FUN FACT #1: Deb is an All-American water polo player and continues to play on a co-ed Master’s team
  • FUN FACT #2: Deb has lived in four countries and speaks three languages.
  • FUN FACT #3: Deb is a native Tucsonan, a University of Arizona graduate and a devoted Wildcat basketball fan.

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Deborah Dale, CFRE