Ponce Duran Jr., CFRE

Mar 29, 2018

by Ethan

Ponce Duran Jr. has been a professional Scouter for most of his adult life. Since retiring from the Boy Scouts of America in 2016, he has focused on fundraising, nonprofit management, and diversity for nonprofits. He understands the dynamics between fundraising and investing in the community and the need for diverse communities; he has paid it forward by mentoring two nonprofit directors. He started his career with the BSA as a district executive for the Rio Grande Council. He then served as executive director of American Humanics at Pan American University. He returned to Scouting as director of field service in San Diego, then as Scout executive in Tucson, San Antonio, and Dallas. Ponce later shifted his leadership skills to the regional and national levels as Southern Region director and the BSA’s first chief diversity officer. With experience at the council, regional, and national levels, Ponce knows what it takes to operate a successful nonprofit and the effort and fundraising necessary not for survival, but for excellence. Most recently, he has been serving as a fundraising consultant in a successful capital campaign to benefit the Rio Grande Council in Harlingen, Texas. The council is in the midst of rebuilding its Camp Perry, which serves not only Scouts and Scouters, but also the greater south Texas community. Ponce has helped the council communicate to potential donors how their contributions translate to investment in young people today and in the future. In addition, he has served as a thought partner and coach for nonprofit directors at Girls Inc. and MADD, guiding both organizations in solving challenging management issues. Having earned a bachelor’s degree in political science (Pan American University) and a master’s in adult education (Texas A&I University), Ponce values education. This Distinguished Eagle Scout also has served as a Wood Badge course director and is a Spanish speaker. In the community, Ponce has ties to several nonprofits and has served on a variety of boards. He and his wife, Mary, have two grown children and one granddaughter.

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