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Consulting Associate / Founding Partner, CommunityNexus Consulting LLC, Annapolis, Maryland


Dan ForceDan Force has served the nonprofit community as an executive, administrator, educator, minister, military chaplain, and fundraising executive. During the early part of his career, he was the pastor of Presbyterian congregations in North Carolina and Maryland. Later he was called to active duty as a Navy Chaplain and spent seven years creating and directing special ministries focused on the needs of young people in the Navy. He was honored by the Navy for his achievements. He returned to the Naval Reserve completing a total of twenty-three years of naval service. He rose to the rank of Captain (06) and retired as Commanding Officer of a chaplains unit.

In 1977 he was recruited to Church World Service to design and direct a pilot project which resulted in the establishment of a national office on Global Education. The office provided information and programs for member denominations on the situations of people living in the global community. In 1989 he was recruited to the national staff of the Presbyterian Church (USA) to establish and promote an annual fund to provide support for its eleven theological seminaries. Under his leadership, the Theological Education Plan (1% Plan) grew from a zero base to over two million dollars in annual support.

In 1993, he joined the staff of Douglas M. Lawson Associates Inc (a well established New York based fundraising firm), as a Senior Associate. As a campaign executive he conducted and participated in successful campaigns with goals up to two hundred million dollars. Clients served included: American Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity International, Christ Church United Methodist (The Woodlands, TX), Crystal Cathedral Ministries (Garden Grove, CA), National Hispanic University (San Jose, CA), Houston Preparatory Academy (Houston, TX), Randolph-Macon Academy (Front Royal, VA), and Second Baptist School (Houston, TX).

After a period of operating his own consulting firm, he was elected to become the Executive Director of the Medical Benevolence Foundation (MBF), headquartered in Houston, where he directed the day-to-day operations including six satellite offices. During his tenure, annual income to the foundation increased from five million to ten million dollars. Under his leadership, the foundation was recognized as "visionary" on a half-hour PBS program carried nationwide. He retired from that position in the fall of 2004.

Daniel Force received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Tusculum College in Tennessee and went on to take graduate degrees at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary (Master of Divinity) and the University of Oklahoma (Master of Arts). He continued doctoral studies in educational administration at Morgan State University in Maryland. Dan has served on several boards of religious organizations, and holds membership in professional societies such as the National Council on Planned Giving, Association of Fundraising Professionals, and the Presbytery of Baltimore. Mr. Force is an ordained Presbyterian minister and a retired Navy Chaplain.