Diane DeMarco, CFRE

Diane DeMarco, CFRE


Diane DeMarco, Principal, and founder of Consultants for Institutional Advancement, partners with board members, senior administrators, and development officers throughout the non-profit sector. A seasoned fundraising executive with thirty-five years of field experience, DeMarco has managed comprehensive fundraising programs and activities of all types and is the guiding force behind the firm’s diverse and extensive client base.

Dedicated to the non-profit sector since 1978, DeMarco fosters relationships and motivates volunteers, staff, donors, and leadership with her “lead by example” style. A professional with commanding knowledge of industry methods, Diane is a tireless coach who achieves success through persistence and hard work matched by personal integrity. In 2014 she was the recipient of ESC’s Edmund V. Marshall Outstanding Project of the Year Award in recognition of the development of new methods to enhance organizational capacity. Initially designated a “Certified Fundraising Executive” by CFRE International in the year 2000, DeMarco continually sustains its rigorous recertification standards.

A longtime member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), DeMarco presents and instructs at development conferences and workshops throughout New England. She is a graduate of Suffolk University.

Prior to establishing Consultants for Institutional Advancement, Diane held positions as Director of Major Gifts for the Massachusetts Society of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Associate Director of Development for the Joslin Diabetes Center, and Associate Director of Development for the Trustees of Reservations. Her career began at Tufts University during its campaign to create the first Veterinary School in New England.  DeMarco also served as Vice President and Senior Counsel at Copley Harris Company for nearly a decade.

Diane’s volunteer activity includes serving on the Board of Directors for the Friends of Middlesex Fells, participating in Executive Service Corps (ESC/Boston) volunteer consultant program, and a 29-year commitment to the American Cancer Society as a “PaceSetter” for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.  She is a former board member of Zonta International (Malden Chapter) and Yankee Golden Retriever Rescue.