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Derry Deringer


Derry Deringer, principal at Deringer Consulting, LLC is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) and certified coaching (CTI). Derry has an independent consulting practice, and draws from over 25 years of experience with business, nonprofit and international organizations. He employs proven techniques in development, facilitation, management, performance coaching and training to help clients solve problems and perform at their best. 

Employment History

  • Principal, Deringer Consulting, LLC (Fundraising & Development and Strategic Planning)
  • Adjunct Professor, George Washington University, Elliott School of International Affairs
  • Director, Corporate Relations, World Food Program USA
  • Director and Manager, Major Gifts, World Food Program USA
  • Consultant, United Nations World Food Program (Rome, Italy)
  • Regional Sales Manager, UUNET Technologies
  • Owner, Deringer Fair Trade (Fair-trade coffee, tea and chocolate wholesaling)

Competency Areas

  • Fundraising and Development Capacity Building

Advisory services for corporate partnerships; major, annual and planned gift programs; development assessment and planning; board development and capital campaigns.

  • Strategic Planning Facilitation

Organization, department and team strategic planning and problem solving with Technology of Participation (ToP) Facilitation Method

  • Executive Coaching

Board and executive leadership coaching on fundraising and development as certified professional coach (CTI).


  • Bachelor of Arts, Managerial Economics; Hampden-Sydney College

Professional Associations

  • Association of Fundraising Professionals, Washington DC Metro Chapter (AFP DC)
  • Mid-Atlantic Facilitators Network (MAFN)

Professional Certification and Awards

  • Certified ToP Facilitator (In-Progress), The Institute of Cultural Affairs (ICA)
  • Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, CPCC; Coaches Training Institute
  • Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE)
  • Competent Communicator (CC); Toastmasters International
  • Competent Leader (LC); Toastmasters International

Publications and Presentations

  • Major Gifts Summit: Cultivating Your Prospects
  • Board Engagement for Fundraising Success
  • Fundraising Fundamentals
  • How to Make the Case for Unrestricted Giving
  • 2012 DC Leadership Series: Fundraising in the one-person development shop and making the most of a shoestring budget
  • Taking the Mystery Out of Corporate Philanthropy
  • See Into the Crystal Ball of Foundation Giving
  • Marketing Your Transferable Job Skills

Project List

  • Six-month comprehensive strategic planning project for a construction industry trade association
  • Designed and facilitated various nonprofit board of directors workshops focused on strategic planning and board capacity building in development
  • Identified, cultivated and prepared a grant application for a US-based humanitarian NGO client that successfully won a $465,000 corporate foundation grant. The grant funded a sustainable agriculture project serving rural farmers in Vietnam
  • Envisioned a board of director’s major gifts campaign for a community human services client and successfully facilitated a board retreat using a campaign roadmap and performance milestones to gain buy-in and follow-through
  • Advised a USAID-funded client on how to structure and market an agribusiness impact investment initiative in Africa to attract private funding. Generated leads through research and outbound prospecting to over 75 companies, individuals and foundations
  • Designed a major gifts campaign outreach “roadmap” for the board of directors of a community human services client. Successfully facilitated board retreat that introduced the “roadmap” which included performance milestones, step-by-step processes and collateral material
  • Coached an executive director of a nonprofit serving adolescent girls on how to execute a corporate and major gifts fundraising strategy
  • Conducted an organizational assessment and created an annual fund and major gifts campaign for an advanced computing association that was new to individual giving
  • Improved a military association’s corporate membership program by adding new membership levels and benefits that align well with the needs of its corporate constituents and partners. Conducted research and outbound prospecting calls to qualified prospects to generate leads and acquire new members
  • Board of Directors Strategic Planning for Business Improvement District (BID) in Washington DC
  • Major Gifts and Corporate Engagement Capacity Building for Child Services Nonprofit in Alexandria, VA
  • Reorganization of Development Director and Team Roles for Homeless Shelter Nonprofit in Northern Virginia
  • Corporate Membership Program Design and Growth for Military Association in Northern Virginia

Client List


  • Action Aid USA
  • Air Force Association (AFA)
  • AGC Education and Research Foundation (Associated General Contractors)
  • AGC Charities (Associated General Contractors)
  • Adams Morgan Partnership BID (Business Improvement District)
  • Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing
  • Carpenter’s Shelter
  • Child & Family Network Centers
  • Coalition for International Initiatives
  • Council on Standards for International Educational Travel
  • FACETS (Fairfax Area Christian Emergency and Transitional Services)
  • Fairfax CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children)


  • Girls On The Run Washington DC
  • Hostelling International USA (HI USA)
  • JAM USA (Joint Aid Management)
  • OSA Foundation (Optical Society of America)
  • Pilot Peak Consulting
  • PHILLIPS Program
  • Roots of Peace
  • St. John’s Community Services (SJCS)
  • Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI)
  • USENIX (Advanced Computing Systems Association)
  • Valuing Voices
  • Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance (VEGA)
  • WeConnect International


  • U.S. Department of State