Dr Daniel McDiarmid

Dr Daniel McDiarmidDirector

: Australia / New Zealand: 1300 758 812 (AU): d.mcdiarmid@AskRIGHT.com: daniel.mcdiarmid

BA (Hons), MA (Hons), Grad Dip RE, MBA, PhD, MFINZ (Member of Fundraising Institute of New Zealand), FFIA (Fellow of Fundraising Institute of Australia)

Daniel is a highly experienced and innovative fundraising professional with almost 40 years of success raising funds for higher education, research, religious and other organisations. In 2004, he established AskRIGHT, advising leadership on fundraising and helping build capacity to reach their organisational goals.

Daniel McDiarmid began his career in fundraising in 1982 as National Secretary for Education and Promotion with the Australian Board of Missions and subsequently worked with Stewardship Australia. He then established fundraising and alumni offices at Central Queensland University and RMIT University. His appointment to Queensland University of Technology enabled him and his talented team to develop the existing fundraising and alumni relations programme to new heights culminating in the successful $175million New Century Campaign.

Daniel has spoken at many conferences in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, the USA and UK. He has an appointment as Adjunct Professor in the Australian Centre of Philanthropy and Non-Profit Studies (QUT). He is also Chair of the Emmanuel College Foundation at the University of Queensland; chair of the charity Sweet Freedom, which uses music and community services to build the confidence of marginalised people; and is a Director of National Trust of Australia (Queensland). In 2006 he gave the FIA Dave Rose Orations.

Daniel brings a wealth of knowledge and wisdom to fundraisers, CEOs, Trustees, and philanthropists. Daniel says he works in this sector because it offers the intellectual challenge of finding solutions in a complex environment, combined with the difference it makes in people’s lives when you get it right.


Daniel’s Consulting Services:

– Helping research institutes, universities, and aid organisations to develop international fundraising capacity

– Reviewing the effectiveness and efficiency of school and university fundraising departments

– Advising universities on the establishment of first-time fundraising and alumni relations

– Specialising in fundraising in complex environments

– Designing fundraising strategies for individual organisations, and whole systems


Daniel demonstrates mastery of fundraising and development issues, and also brings a sharp intellect and enthusiasm to his work.

Alan Hough, General Manager, Governance and NDIS Strategy at Sylvanvale

AskRIGHT presented one of the most highly experienced teams in the field, creating sound strategy for national and international fundraising ventures.

– Leanne Cutler, Managing Director at Siren Global Pty Ltd

The University of Auckland engaged AskRIGHT to conduct a pre-campaign study which evaluated the University’s general readiness for capital fundraising, and potential support for the various projects identified in the University’s draft case statement in 2006. We have been very satisfied with the comprehensiveness of AskRIGHT’s service, and the thoroughness of the analysis and reporting provided by Dr Daniel McDiarmid throughout the project. Daniel understood the importance of taking the time to gain a thorough understanding of our University, especially our immediate and long term needs and goals as an institution. His methodology and approach to the study were sound, strategic and respectful of our relationships with internal and external stakeholders both within New Zealand and overseas. The research undertaken for the study was excellent and resulted in an high-quality Campaign Plan, clear donor-advised direction for our case for Support, Campaign infrastructure and a realistic overall goal.

John Taylor, former Director of External Relations, University of Auckland

I’ve worked closely with Daniel for a number of years. His professional experience is the bedrock of our development function. Daniel is the principal fundraising consultant guiding Christ’s College’s Capital Campaign preparation and implementation. Daniel is on hand to provide sound strategic guidance for both the Board and myself and an experienced sounding board for the occasional day to day operational challenge facing the team. I often say, ‘Daniel gives me the assurance that we’re on target and that he provides the Board with level headed reassurance that everything is going according to plan.’. The benefit of having Daniel on board is that he provides peace of mind and a confidence that our fundraising plan is well aligned, being implemented efficiently and achieving results.

Ric Fletcher, Director of Development, Christ’s College



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