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David Ellies

Senior Director of Development

David ElliesContact Information

dellies at
(812) 345-0909


MBA in Marketing, Michigan State University, 1971
BA in Economics, University of Michigan, 1969


  • More than 15 years experience in higher education fundraising, identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding major gift donors.
  • Skilled communicator with demonstrated expertise in working with alumni, department chairs, faculty, and development colleagues to forge partnerships serving the mutual interests of donors and the College.
  • Played a major role in a Indiana University College of Arts and Sciences’ Matching the Promise Campaign (MTP), which raised more than $145 Million in current and deferred gifts.
  • Extensive knowledge in the field of philanthropy, with experience in the financial mechanisms involved in major gifts including personal trusts, charitable trusts, charitable gift annuities, estates, and more.


David Ellies came to the field of higher education development after spending more than 20 years working in the financial services industry in the private sector. His knowledge of financial vehicles and investment strategies, along with strong interpersonal skills, allow him to serve the financial goals of the College of Arts and Sciences and satisfy the objectives of donors. His development work includes training at The Fundraising School at the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, several CASE Major Gifts fundraising seminars, The Arts and Science of Donor Development from Advancement Resources, Inc., and more than five years in Business Development and Personal Financial Services for Key Bank in Ann Arbor, Michigan.