Dave Gierke began his professional fundraising career in 2002, three years after the Toledo School for the Arts opened its doors, as a part-time Development Director and Percussion Instructor. In 2004, he hung up his drums to focus on development full-time, overseeing all giving campaigns, program underwriting and fundraisers for the school.
When Dave first started, TSA raised approximately $20,000 a year. The school had no formal development program, so Dave – nearly single-handedly – created one from scratch. After training at the Indiana University’s Fundraising School and earning his Certificate in Fund Raising Management, Dave has successfully increased TSA’s annual development income to some $600,000. Dave also expanded the TSA Development Department to include three full-time and one part-time fundraisers, plus a part-time consultant for grant writing.