Cande de Leon
Executive Director of the Office of Mission Advancement at the Diocese of Phoenix, Cande de Leon brings a unique blend of business acumen and ministry experience to his position that assists pastors and ministry leaders in developing stewardship, organizational and ministry solutions for their parish as well as overseeing the Diocesan development needs. He successfully led the Diocese through $100 million dollar campaign. Prior to his work in the Diocese of Phoenix, Cande served as the Director of Parish Stewardship & Development for the Diocese of Corpus Christi, where he helped raise 37.9 million dollars. Cande served in the United States Marine Corps, earned a Master of Arts in Theology from Holy Apostles Seminary and a BBA from Texas A&M Corpus Christi. He has been happily married to Rosemary for 22 years and has four daughters.
Managing Consultant at American Philanthropic, Scott Bucko has served in the nonprofit sector since 1996. Prior to joining American Philanthropic, he served as the director of mission advancement for the Newman Center at the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University. He consulted numerous organizations with mission advancement in his role at the Catholic Foundation of Greater Philadelphia while also assisting with major gift strategy for the annual $10 million Catholic Charities Appeal and the annual $3 million St. Charles Borromeo Seminary Appeal. He was proud to be a capital campaign director for CCS Fundraising and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia during its historic $200 million capital and endowment campaign completed in 2010. Scott earned a M.Ed. in educational leadership from the University of Virginia, an M.A. in Christian studies from Regent College at the University of British Columbia, and a B.S. in agricultural and applied economics from Virginia Tech. He lives with his wife and children in Philadelphia.
Justin is a partner with American Philanthropic and provides full-service strategic consulting to nonprofits, with a particular emphasis on development department management. Prior to joining American Philanthropic, Justin served for several years as the director of development with the Foundation for Economic Education. During his tenure, FEE experienced average annual growth of 30%. Justin also led the fundraising program for the Goldwater Institute in Arizona and has directed nationwide fundraising efforts for dozens of political campaigns, PACs, & nonprofits. To-date, Justin has been involved in raising well over $100 million through major gifts, capital campaigns, foundation grants, independent expenditures, planned giving, & direct response fundraising, including phone and mail programs.
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