Debra La Morte
Adjunct Professor of Public Service

Debra A. LaMorte has been the Senior Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations at New York University since 2002. In this role, she led the recently-completed Campaign for NYU, the largest fundraising effort in the University’s history, which brought in over $3 billion, exceeding its goal by more than $500 million. Debra oversees a staff of over 90 development professionals who help fundraise and engage alumni from NYU’s 14 colleges and institutes.

Debra was previously Associate Dean for External Affairs at the New York University School of Law. She had been a member of the administration team at the NYU School of Law since 1990, and in 1998 helped complete the largest endowment campaign ($185 million) in the history of legal education. While at the Law School, she was also instrumental in developing major gift clubs, building a communications team, and consistently increasing the annual fund, as well as attracting new major donors to the School’s campaign pipeline.

Before joining NYU Law, Debra practiced law for six years, doing trial work as a sole practitioner. From 1999 to 2001, she co-chaired the American Bar Association’s Committee on Law School Development. She is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of Legal Services for Children. Debra is a member and frequent conference speaker for CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education). In addition, Debra is an Adjunct Professor at NYU’s Robert E. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service where she teaches a course each year. Debra earned her B.A. from Antioch College and a J.D. from Northern Kentucky University.

 

Semester Course
Spring 2014 PADM-GP.4142.001 Fund-Raising for Public and Nonprofit Organizations

Students will have an opportunity to learn about fundraising, as well as, the topic of philanthropy more broadly. This course will specifically help students develop fundraising strategies for a not-for profit; understand external issues which impact successful fundraising and participate in a role play for meeting with donors. Topics in the course will focus on board development, annual giving, major gifts, foundation fundraising, building a successful development operation, designing campaigns and identifying multiple sources of funding. The importance of research and creating a donor focused culture within an organization will also be stressed.


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Spring 2014 PADM-GP.4131.001 Fund-Raising for Public and Nonprofit Organizations

Students will have an opportunity to learn about fundraising, as well as, the topic of philanthropy more broadly. This course will specifically help students develop fundraising strategies for a not-for profit; understand external issues which impact successful fundraising and participate in a role play for meeting with donors. Topics in the course will focus on board development, annual giving, major gifts, foundation fundraising, building a successful development operation, designing campaigns and identifying multiple sources of funding. The importance of research and creating a donor focused culture within an organization will also be stressed.


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Spring 2011 PADM-GP.4131.001 Fund-Raising for Public and Nonprofit Organizations

Students will have an opportunity to learn about fundraising, as well as, the topic of philanthropy more broadly. This course will specifically help students develop fundraising strategies for a not-for profit; understand external issues which impact successful fundraising and participate in a role play for meeting with donors. Topics in the course will focus on board development, annual giving, major gifts, foundation fundraising, building a successful development operation, designing campaigns and identifying multiple sources of funding. The importance of research and creating a donor focused culture within an organization will also be stressed.


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Spring 2010 PADM-GP.4131.001 Fund-Raising for Public and Nonprofit Organizations

Students will have an opportunity to learn about fundraising, as well as, the topic of philanthropy more broadly. This course will specifically help students develop fundraising strategies for a not-for profit; understand external issues which impact successful fundraising and participate in a role play for meeting with donors. Topics in the course will focus on board development, annual giving, major gifts, foundation fundraising, building a successful development operation, designing campaigns and identifying multiple sources of funding. The importance of research and creating a donor focused culture within an organization will also be stressed.


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Spring 2009 PADM-GP.4131.001 Fund-Raising for Public and Nonprofit Organizations

Students will have an opportunity to learn about fundraising, as well as, the topic of philanthropy more broadly. This course will specifically help students develop fundraising strategies for a not-for profit; understand external issues which impact successful fundraising and participate in a role play for meeting with donors. Topics in the course will focus on board development, annual giving, major gifts, foundation fundraising, building a successful development operation, designing campaigns and identifying multiple sources of funding. The importance of research and creating a donor focused culture within an organization will also be stressed.


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Spring 2008 PADM-GP.4131. Fund-Raising for Public and Nonprofit Organizations

Students will have an opportunity to learn about fundraising, as well as, the topic of philanthropy more broadly. This course will specifically help students develop fundraising strategies for a not-for profit; understand external issues which impact successful fundraising and participate in a role play for meeting with donors. Topics in the course will focus on board development, annual giving, major gifts, foundation fundraising, building a successful development operation, designing campaigns and identifying multiple sources of funding. The importance of research and creating a donor focused culture within an organization will also be stressed.


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