Don joined SOS Children’s Villages International in 2017 as their International Director for Fund Development. In this role, Don is responsible for overseeing and developing SOS’s global funding, including individual giving, sponsorships, digital, philanthropy, corporate partnerships, institutional donors, and government subsidies.
Don moved to the non-profit sector in 2001 as Habitat for Humanity’s first Regional Director in Europe and Central Asia. Under Don’s leadership, Habitat grew in the region from serving just 50 families to over 18,000 annually through partnerships and innovations in social housing. He is also responsible for increasing fundraising from €1m to €25m. Prior to joining SOS Children’s Villages in April 2017, Don spent 4 years as the Director of Global Resource Development at VisionFund International, where he led the development of institutional partnerships and philanthropic campaigns within the World Vision federation.
Don started his career in finance in 1988 with Arthur Andersen in the UK and was CFO of a start-up business in Hungary and Romania from 1993-1996. He then worked in various finance roles at General Electric in Hungary and the UK, including CFO for Northern Europe at GE Medical Systems, before moving to the non-profit sector. Don holds a master’s degree in Development Management and a bachelor’s degree in Engineering and is also a UK Chartered Accountant.