Doug Diefenbach

Associate Vice President, Marketing and Communications

“I love turning a mirror on an organization and inviting them to see themselves in a whole new way, then helping that big idea ripple outward to compel constituents. Vehicles change, but philanthropy will always be about the power of ideas.”

Doug Diefenbach is an accomplished marketing and communications professional with special expertise in the area of nonprofit and philanthropic communications. For more than 30 years he has helped a wide range of organizations to develop, meet and exceed their goals for brand visibility, constituent engagement and philanthropic revenue.

Doug formerly served with the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities, a national network of more than 450 community-based human service organizations. As Senior Vice President of Marketing and Philanthropy he led all external affairs and institutional advancement functions, including individual and planned giving, grant writing and stewardship, corporate sponsorships, business development, marketing, public and media relations, content development and graphic design.

Prior to that assignment, Doug was Vice President of Campaign Strategy and Communications for Advocate Charitable Foundation, the fundraising arm of Advocate Health Care, one of the nation’s top healthcare systems. He directed the foundation’s strategic planning, campaign development and message alignment.

Prior to joining Advocate, Doug served as Associate Vice President at Lipman Hearne Inc., where he consulted with a wide array of local and national non-profits on marketing communications strategies. Doug joined the board of the Chicago Chapter of Association of Fundraising Professionals in 1998 and received the organization’s Presidents Award in 2007. In 1997 he founded The Playground Improv Comedy Theater in Chicago, the nation’s only not-for-profit improv co-op theater.

Joined The Alford Group: 2016

Select Clients:

  • Greater Milwaukee Foundation
  • American Planning Association Foundation
  • St. Chrysostom’s Episcopal Church and Day School
  • Chicago Center for Arts and Technology

Education & Credentials:

  • Bachelor Degree, Miami University
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