The African American Development Officers (AADO) Network


AADO is comprised of individuals that have designated fundraising and/or development as their primary responsibility in their organization. The mission of the network is to foster professional development and facilitate interaction among members.

The AADO Conference began in 1999 as a reception for African American Development Officers from the Metro-Atlanta area and has grown into a national network with an annual conference hosted by Georgia Tech and (beginning in 2013) hosted in partnership with the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). The goal of the AADO Network is to annually provide an opportunity for members to network and gain knowledge through interaction with experts in the field of development.


AADO and CASE will conduct the fifth conference on diverse philanthropy and leadership to meet the great demand for professional development at all levels of advancement, not only in the area of diverse leadership, but also in understanding philanthropic diversity.

The conference concentrates on emerging philanthropic markets (i.e., ethnic, LGBT, young alumni) in advancement, while exploring minority wealth, philanthropic behaviors and diverse engagement strategies. The program also features sessions on enhancing management and leadership skills for advancement professionals of diverse backgrounds.

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