Dr Daniel McDiarmid

Dr Daniel McDiarmidPrincipal Consultant

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

BA (Hons), MA (Hons), Grad Dip RE, MBA, PhD

Your Fundraising Consultant

Daniel is a highly experienced and innovative fundraising professional with more than 30 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’s consulting practice focuses on:

  • 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

Daniel’s strength is in fundraising planning to achieve optimal income for each client. He can often help clients identify potential donors they had not thought of, and revenue streams that are possible for their organisation but not for others.

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

Clients will get a good hearing from Daniel. They will be listened to first so he understands their situation, and he will provide them with advice they can really use over the long term.

Our unshakeable values are clients first, truth always and research-based advice. Clients can expect the best of me, backed up by the best our whole firm can offer. We are a serious firm, here for the long haul, so you don’t get half-truths, outlandish claims or false results from us.


  • Fellow of the Fundraising Institute – Australia (FFIA)

  • Member of the Fundraising Institute of New Zealand (FINZ)

  • accredited fundraising professional (CFRE)



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.

Now with 33 years fundraising experience, Daniel brings a wealth of knowledge and wisdom to fundraisers, CEOs, Trustees and philanthropists.

My passion is to see other people develop and flourish. In our work that means helping them become versatile and capable fundraisers.

I like seeing others grow in their capacity as leaders, fundraisers, and as donors. I think it is possible to lead by enabling others to do great things. I see this in the CEOs and fundraisers that we empower, and also in the philanthropists who give to important work.

Client Testimonials

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

Fundraising Commitment

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.

He 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.

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Dr Daniel McDiarmid

Principal Consultant at AskRIGHT
Daniel is a highly experienced and innovative fundraising professional with more than 30 years of success raising funds for higher education, research, religious and other organisations in Australia and New Zealand.

To find out how Daniel can help your organisation, contact d.mcdiarmid@AskRIGHT.com.
Dr Daniel McDiarmid

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