Deanna Ackerman


Deanna Ackerman is the founder of Advanced Development Executives, a fundraising consulting firm that provides expert advice and development services to support charities in reaching their financial goals. Her clients have included Paralyzed Veterans of America, Desert Research Institute, United Way, Habitat for Humanity, Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Greater Las Vegas, Nevada Volunteers, S.A.F.E. House, the Las Vegas Natural History Museum, the Regional Emergency Medical Services Authority (REMSA), Sunrise Children’s Foundation, New Vista and many others.

Deanna is a certified fundraising executive (CFRE) and has provided consulting services to hundreds of board members and staff in Nevada. She has been a consultant since 2001 and has raised more than $40 million for her clients. Her fundraising efforts have significantly contributed to the quality of life in Nevada.

In 2009, Deanna was influential in raising $1 million for the Las Vegas Natural History Museum’s first-ever endowment campaign and secured over $500,000 to build the Treasurers of Egypt Exhibit. In 2012 she led a collaborative team of professionals from Reno-based REMSA to secure a $9.9 million Health Care Innovation Award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Deanna also assisted New Vista in raising funds for a $30 million expansion project that included homes for seniors with intellectual disabilities and a one-of-a kind medical clinic operated in partnership with Touro University.

Deanna holds professional memberships in the Las Vegas and Reno Chapters of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). She serves on the U.S. AFP Government Relations Committee. Deanna is an AFP Certified Master Trainer and has taught fundraising courses for UNLV and the University of Nevada Reno. She has provided commentary to special editions of the Wall Street Journal and presented at national conferences across the country.

Deanna is an Air Force veteran and spouse. She has made Nevada her home since 1999 and resides in Henderson with her husband Ed and their six children. In her spare time, she serves as a Board Member for Southern Nevada Public Television and volunteers for the Nevada Paralyzed Veterans of America.

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