Daniela Dale Velez, CFRE is a development and fundraising professional dedicated to supporting changemakers and organizations at the intersection of creativity and social justice. Her background in institutional giving and government relations, combined with her experience as an artist running her own small business, Wild Hudson Studio, gives her a unique perspective on building lasting relationships and telling compelling stories that resonate with supporters and build community.
Throughout her career, she has secured grants from eminent institutions such as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Ford Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. A passionate advocate for the arts and culture sector, Daniela has served on panels for NYSCA, ArtsWestchester, and Arts MidHudson, and was a panelist on the Next Level Grant Writing panel at FilmEx 2021. As a consultant, she’s worked with both large and small arts and social justice organizations, including the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, TIDE Film Fest, and the Young Black Lawyers Organizing Coalition.
She is also a Certified Fund Raising Executive, having met rigorous standards set by CFRE International, including tenure in the fundraising profession, extensive continuing education requirements, and demonstrated fundraising achievements for nonprofit organizations. She holds a BA in English: Creative Writing from SUNY New Paltz and an AS in Accounting and Business Management from Dutchess Community College.