Executive Director (Retired)
Community College of Denver Foundation
Dwight Clasby is a fundraising veteran with extensive experience across the education and nonprofit sectors. Most recently, he led the Community College of Denver Foundation where he implemented new fundraising programs and community engagement initiatives that significantly expanded and strengthened the foundation’s board and led to record fundraising results.
He also served as Assistant Vice President for Development at the University of Texas at Dallas during that institution’s first comprehensive campaign. This five-year, $200 million effort raised $273 million and earned UT Dallas national recognition from CASE in 2012 and again in 2015 through their Circle of Excellence Award for Overall Improvement in Educational Fundraising. In addition to serving as a key campaign strategist, Dwight managed all major and planned giving staff, foundation relations and prospect research.
Prior to UT Dallas, Dwight was Vice President for External Affairs at Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT), the largest community foundation in Texas. His team, which included fundraising, donor relations and communications, managed the relationships behind $300 million held in donor-advised, designated and scholarship funds. During his tenure, CFT created DonorBridge, a unique online database of regional nonprofit organizations. And they launched North Texas Giving Day, a 24-hour day of giving which raised $4 million in its first year and now raises more than $50 million in support of more than 2,600 area nonprofit organizations.
Dwight also has nearly two decades of fundraising experience with top independent schools around the nation including Brunswick School in Greenwich, CT; St. Mark’s Episcopal School in Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Casady School in Oklahoma City, OK; and St. Mark’s School of Texas in Dallas. He began his fundraising career at the University of Miami where he also earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in education.