David M. McGowan, CFRE
David M. McGowan, CFRE, has been the chief staff officer of DuPage Foundation for more than 24 years. He started as its executive director, was named president in 2003, and named CEO in 2015.
Dave became a certified fundraising executive in 1987. He has nearly 41 years of fundraising, grantmaking, and not-for-profit management experience in the Chicago metropolitan area.
In his current role, Dave helps area donors and their advisors accomplish their philanthropic objectives. He focuses on outright and deferred gifts of appreciated property from individuals and on demonstrating the lasting contributions of endowed funds.
Dave graduated cum laude in marketing and journalism from Northern Illinois University and has a Master of Science in Management and Development of Human Resources from National-Louis University.
He grew up in Downers Grove and has lived in Wheaton, Glendale Heights, Bloomingdale, Winfield and now lives in Lisle with his wife, Mary. They have three adult children and two grandsons who are the fifth generation of his family to live in DuPage County.
Dave is the recipient of the 2009 West Suburban Philanthropic Network Distinguished Service Award, the 2022 Loaves & Fishes Community Partner Award and the 2022 West Suburban Philanthropic Network Humanitarian of the Year Award.