Deborah Johnson, CFRE

Deborah JohnsonVice President Of Development

Deborah has dedicated her career to serving organizations that invest in our community and its children.  She has served over 12 years of her career in education, including Associate Director of Philanthropy & Strategic Partnerships at Oxbridge Academy, West Palm Beach; the Director of Development at Canterbury School, Fort Myers; and the Pine School, Hobe Sound. As a senior administrator, she led the school’s fundraising, communications and alumni relations. She has been instrumental in raising funds in excess of $20M, including raising $10M to build a new Upper School campus. Deborah is a creative thinker and is drawn to strategic mission and visioning.  In 2013, she served as the project leader on a comprehensive institutional strategic assessment and audit with Independent School Management (ISM). She led this year-long process of capturing financial and operational data, leadership assessments, as well as survey data from a board base of constituencies, including trustees, parents, faculty, students and donors. Deborah has served as a non-profit leadership and fundraising consultant to many organizations to help achieve strategic leadership and fundraising objectives. Deborah graduated cum laude from Barry University with a degree in business and marketing.  She is accredited through CFRE (Certified Fund Raising Executives) International, where she is one of only 5,404 professional fund raisers worldwide that hold the designation.  It is awarded to individuals who have achieved the highest levels of skill and knowledge in their profession.  Her experience spans all facets of the field including strategic planning, annual support campaigns, capital campaigns, planned giving and board development. She lives a mission of leadership and service, and is currently working to launch Impact 100 Palm Beaches, which is a women’s giving network that funds $100,000 impact grants for area non-profits — or as she likes to say, “for-purpose” organizations.  Additionally, she has held several board leadership positions including the American Heart Association, the Florida Public Relations Association, the Big Heart Brigade, Association of Fund Raising Professionals, Rotary International Foundation and the Treasure Coast Planned Giving Council. She has been recognized with numerous awards for leadership, fund development and communications projects.  Deborah is married to her husband Gary and together they have a son Jordan who is a junior in high school.  She most enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, traveling and being outdoors.