Chicago, IL – December 7, 2023 – It is with great sadness that Campbell & Company announces the death of Donald A. Campbell, Jr., CFRE, lifetime philanthropist and founder of our firm. Don passed away on December 5th at his home in Sarasota, FL, with his daughter by his side. Our firm mourns this loss, and we honor the legacy he leaves behind in the fundraising sector. Our deepest sympathies go out to Don’s family.
“Don was a true visionary. He invested in the not-for-profit sector and its people throughout his life – with financial gifts and gifts of his time,” shares Julia McGuire, Co-President.
Don founded Campbell & Company, along with Edith Falk, as a national fundraising consulting firm for nonprofit organizations in Chicago, Illinois, in 1976. He retired from active management of the firm in 2006, but never stopped being committed to the firm and the profession.
Throughout a more than four-decade career, Don made an indelible mark on the sector, having personally been associated with campaigns and programs that have generated more than $3 billion in philanthropy. Don served as the chair of the national Association of Fundraising Professionals twice and was presented with AFP’s Founder’s Medallion to honor his dedication to the profession and organization. He also served as the President of AFP’s Chicago Chapter, starting the tradition of Campbell employees serving in this role, and was the inaugural recipient of the President’s Award for distinguished service to the fundraising profession.
In January 2023, the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy appointed the first Donald A. Campbell Chair in Fundraising Leadership endowed chair, an opportunity made possible by a generous gift from its namesake. You can learn more here.
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