The Coach

Alphonce J. Brown, Jr., ACFRE

Alphonce J. Brown, Jr., ACFRE, is a consultant to U.S. and international non-profit organizations. Mr. Brown founded Docere Consulting, Inc. in July 2003 with the intent of providing service to traditional and non-traditional non-profit organizations wanting to learn more about fundraising. He is the principal in the company.

Mr. Brown worked as Vice President of Development for the National Academy of Public Administration in Washington, DC until September 10, 2007 where he was responsible for developing a comprehensive development program for the Academy. He served as the director of development for the National Minority Foundation for three years–during which time the agency raised more than $23 million. He returned to his consultancy practice in November 2010.

Mr. Brown was vice president, University Advancement of California State University, Dominguez Hills in Carson, California. He was responsible for overseeing all program activities related to external fundraising for the institution including fundraising; local, state and national government relations; media relations; community affairs; publications and public relations and alumni relations. In this role, he also provided considerable expertise in the areas of strategic planning, annual giving, major donor cultivation and solicitation, marketing and system and process implementation. During his tenure, the university raised and reported more than $14 million in three years.

During his career, Mr. Brown has worked for large, established organizations, as well as grassroots institutions—providing him with the breath of experiences needed to tailor services to his client’s wishes. His former employment also includes service as the Executive Director of the National Kidney Foundation of Southeast Texas, president & CEO of the Prairie View A&M University Foundation and assistant dean of External Relations, College and Graduate School of Business, University of Texas at Austin.

Mr. Brown earned his Bachelor of Arts from The University of Texas at Austin. He received his Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive (ACFRE) designation in July 2002—a distinction held by only 90 senior fundraising professionals in the world. He is a frequent lecturer and teacher, and he has conducted workshops throughout the United States, Canada and Europe.

Mr. Brown is an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals—a fundraising organization with a membership of over 30,000. He served as chairman of the board of this international organization for two years.

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