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Chad Warren, DPP

With over 2 decades of experience as a senior higher education leader, Chad Warren is an expert in maximizing donor engagement and meeting goals with the best use of resources.

Dr. Chad Warren serves RNL partners in the Midwest to propel donor engagement and maximize fundraising results.

Previous experience

Chad returns to RNL after years of service as a senior leader in development and alumni relations. Most recently, Chad served as the senior associate vice president for alumni engagement, annual giving, and career services at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and the executive director of the UNLV Alumni Association. In his role, Chad oversaw alumni engagement, annual giving, sponsorship, regional development, and university career services.

Prior to UNLV, Chad served as assistant vice president at The Ohio State University. In this role, he led several offices within The Ohio State University Alumni Association including alumni advocacy, alumni career management, digital engagement, mentoring, regional advancement, and volunteer relations that served and supported more than 560,000 alumni. Prior to Ohio State, Chad served as executive director for university outreach and engagement at the University of Dayton (OH). He also has served as the director of annual giving at Florida State University.

Chad has been an RNL partner at every institution he’s served and worked for RNL for six years early in his career after being a CAMPUSCALL client.

Chad has also served as a highly rated volunteer presenter at numerous conferences, including AFP, AMA, and CASE, where he has also served on conference committees and as faculty. Chad has also presented for the Annual Giving Network and worked as an independent consultant.


Chad’s undergraduate degree is from the University of Dayton, and he received an MBA from Saint Leo University (FL). He completed his doctor of public policy degree at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, with his research in streamlining strategic revenue and “advocacy” philanthropy for the benefit of higher education and non-profits.

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Recent presentations and insights

30 Ways to Amplify Your Annual Giving

An A+ For You! Creating Actionable Alumni Engagement Scorecards

Integrating Online and Offline Appeals

Quotes from Chad

“Philanthropy is derived from the Greek, ‘for the love of mankind,’ and is about a desire to promote the welfare of others. That means more than just giving. In our profession, we are responsible for more than just fundraising; engagement is part of philanthropy and increases the joy of giving.”

“To make transformational change in your program, you need to look deep into your data and also the trends in the world outside your program. Having a strong network and a partner who can leverage this data is key to moving the needle on donor response.”

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