David L. Bundesen is a seasoned fundraising professional with 20 years experience. He entered the field in 1995 out of a desire to protect our Second Amendment rights and provide a positive effect on the direction of the country. He did that by becoming a Field Representative for the National Rifle Association of America.
Mr. Bundesen’s time at the NRA was filled with superlatives. He was promoted to Senior Field Representative upon completion of his first year. He was the #1 or #2 fundraiser in the Field Operations Division for each of the ten years he worked there. He did this by mobilizing and organizing volunteers to raise money through the use of special events. During his time as Sr. Field Representative, his drive to “be the best” resulted in numerous awards including Most Friends of NRA Events, Highest Total Net Income, Most Outstanding Field Representative in the Western Region, Top Gun Award of Excellence, and the Wall Street Endowment Awards. Mr. Bundesen was chosen from 350 employees as the first recipient of the Executive Vice President’s Excellence Award for “Superior employee achievement, excellent performance, tireless dedication and outstanding commitment to our mission on behalf of the members of the National Rifle Association of America.”
In 2005 he accepted an opportunity to work at the newly created NRA Office of Advancement. There he turned his attention to learning the craft of Major Gifts fundraising and Planned Giving. The division was led by Benjamin Case, a seasoned, visionary major gifts fundraiser with a strong track record in academic fundraising at major universities like Duke and Roanoke. Mr. Case was instrumental in mentoring Mr. Bundesen in the art and science of Major Gifts fundraising for more than four years.
Mr. Bundesen has also been active in the profession as a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals where he served as a Mentor at the Silicon Valley AFP Chapter in 2011/2012. He has served as an instructor for the Major Gifts module of the AFP CFRE Review Course in 2011, 2012 and 2014 and will teach again in 2015. He has also served on the Ethics Committee for Northern California Planned Giving Council as well as President of the Board of Directors for The Episcopal Foundation of Northern California until taking his current position with the Boy Scouts of America.
Mr. Bundesen accepted the position as Director of Strategic Giving for the San Francisco Bay Area Council, Boy Scouts of America in early 2013 where he embarked on a new Major Gifts initiative for the organization which had relied solely on annual giving and special events for its funding. He exceeded his first year goals by working successfully with donors and notable philanthropists like Stephen D. Bechtel, Jr. and he continues to make inroads into the San Francisco Bay Area philanthropic community.
Mr. Bundesen was recently retained as the Executive Director for the Mzuri Wildlife Foundation, an organization that was founded in 1979 in San Francisco to focus on wildlife conservation in Africa as well as the United States.