Pursuing his passion for animals, Dean Howard joined the Louisiana SPCA in March of 2008 as Vice President of Development with over ten years of experience in nonprofits, communications, and branding. His diverse professional background has enabled organizations that he has worked with to increase overall funding and brand development by utilizing untraditional tactics. Along with soliciting major donors, Dean develops and implements strategies to reach annual and special fundraising campaign goals focusing on individuals, corporations, foundations, and additional sources.
Working with his development team, they have advanced and managed activities such as capital and direct mail campaigns, website and social media giving, grant solicitation, annual membership, endowment growth and major gift cultivation. This along with the creation of two new giving groups, the 4 Paws Society for annual giving and the Paws to Reflect for planned giving have been formed to meet annual operating goals. Responsibilities also include oversight of the LA/SPCA's larger fundraisers: Howling Success, Dog Day Afternoon, Pause 4 Dinner, Alegria and New Orleans on Tap as well as the LA/SPCA's first "pup-lic" art project, Paws on Parade. Cultivation, stewardship and management of donor relations are the main components of his fundraising strategy.
Prior to joining the LA/SPCA, he was Development Director with the Tiptina's Music Foundation, an organization dedicated to the preservation of New Orleans musical culture. That experience was highlighted with the donations of over $1.3 million in musical instruments for area school band programs, funding resulting in over $2 million from diverse groups such as DHL, STARZ, Tom Petty, Annie Leibovitz, Volkswagen, Food Network, ABSOLUT and John Mayer, and credited support listed on the Fats Domino CD, Goin' Home.
Dean moved to New Orleans after receiving his BA in Communications and Political Science. He volunteered from 2004-2007 on the Advisory Council of Best Buddies Louisiana, an inspiring organization helping socialize intellectually challenged young people. He now sits as one of the founding board members of NOLA City Bark, New Orleans' first official off leash dog park in City Park. He Co-Chaired City Park's "101 Donations" in 2011 and Vice-Chaired Howling Success 2008-2011.
He and his two dogs call the Garden District home. His motivation is always the four-legged lives he impacts daily.