David Collis has spent more than 14 years working with nonprofit organizations to help them advance their missions through effective fundraising. He began his professional career at the Georgetown University Cuba Project in 1992, where he helped craft proposals and reports to the project’s primary sponsors, the Ford and MacArthur Foundations. In 1997, David joined the development team at Rollins College where they were engaged in a 5-year $100 million fundraising campaign. The Campaign for Rollins ended in October 2001 with more than $160 million in overall commitments. From 1997 to 2005, David held positions at Rollins College including: Assistant Manager of the Annual Fund, Director of Foundation Relations, Director of Major Gifts, and Assistant Vice President for Development.
In 2005, David began a career as an independent fundraising consultant and has worked with clients such as Florida Hospital, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution in Fort Pierce, The Amazon Conservation Team in Washington, D.C., The Adult Literacy League, BETA Center and Habitat for Humanity Orlando. He has helped these clients formulate fundraising strategies, set realistic fundraising goals, train leadership and staff, consult on board development, and establish metrics to measure success.
David graduated cum laude with an Honors B.A. in anthropology from Rollins College in 1990 and a M.A. in Latin American Studies from Georgetown University in 1992. David lives in Winter Park, FL with his wife and two children, ages 8 and 6.