Dana Ward

Dana Ward is a Senior Philanthropy Consultant.
She teaches the Strategic Gifts System and assists clients with donor strategy development, fundraiser coaching, philanthropy planning, and board training.

Previously, Dana spent 26 years with The Nature Conservancy where she honed her skills in philanthropy and gift planning, fundraising,training, and coaching – becoming a trusted advisor to donors and staff across the organization. In 2000, she created the Philanthropy Planning Program and soon after was part of a small team that created the Conservancy’s Donor Advised Fund – the first for an environmental organization. She trained more than 1,000 fundraisers and conservation leaders in the Strategic Gifts System and assisted them in creating Strategies that met the needs of the organization and the donors.

As Senior Philanthropic Advisor for twelve years, Dana assisted hundreds of individuals and families in crafting and carrying out their own philanthropy plans, helping them to become effective and satisfied philanthropists. She trained U.S. and international Conservancy staff to become philanthropic partners with donors and assisted staff in creating strategies that fulfilled both donor needs and the needs of the Conservancy.

Working out of Western North Carolina, Dana is Vice President of The Madison County Arts Council and serves Slow Food Asheville as a member of the Appalachian Storybank Committee and as a fundraising advisor to FEAST Asheville. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.