About Us - Development Consultant, Lecturer & Writer

Mr. Walker is a seasoned development leader fluent in Spanish and English and dedicated to promoting international collaboration amongst organizations. He is known as an outstanding team builder with an ability to inspire others to excel. His fundraising specialties include major gifts, planned giving, foundations, case and board development, campaign and international fundraising. Walker is the founder of Fund Development Innovations, LLC. and a VP and Senior Counsel for Carlton & Company.

Mr. Walker served as CEO of Hagar USA, an international Christian organization dedicated to the recovery of survivors of human trafficking. Prior to that, Mark was the Vice-President of Make-A-Wish Foundation International and Senior Director at Food for the Hungry and MAP International.

A veteran of the Peace Corps, Mr. Walker holds a masters degree in Sociology and Economics from the Institute of Latin American Studies at the University of Texas in Austin.

Mark is the Past President of the Greater Arizona chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Planned Giving Roundtable of Arizona, and has been a presenter at the Hemispheric Congress for Fundraising in Mexico City. His honors include the “Service Above Self” Award from Rotary International. Mark and his wife, Ligia, reside in Scottsdale, Arizona with their three children.

Mark Walker is the founder of Fund Development Innovations, LLC. Poverty, hunger, children’s issues, and healthcare are his personal areas of focus. Deeply familiar with global concerns, he has managed programs abroad with Plan International as a Director in Guatemala, Colombia, and Sierra Leone. Building long-term development capabilities has been an integral part of his efforts, including mentoring the Guatemalan Director of a development agency on techniques for donor cultivation in the US and Europe. Mark is a proponent of the Philanthropic Quest paradigm, in which there is a dual goal of - transforming the donor as well as the recipient organization. Utilizing techniques such as Appreciative Inquiry, he evokes the inner meaning of the experience for the donor. In one case, a participant was inspired to establish a “clown corps” to help children with life threatening diseases and the effort raised $100,000 for the Phoenix Chapter of Make A Wish.

Previously, Mark was the CEO of Hagar USA. Mark served for 10 years as the Senior Representative for MAP International (Medical Assistance Programs) as well as a VP of Development for the international arm of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. He has also held senior positions with World Neighbors and Food for the Hungry. He began his career in the Peace Corps Guatemala. He has written and made presentations in both English and Spanish on planned giving, major gifts, and global philanthropy, including the Hemispheric Congress for Fundraising. He serves on the International Development Committee of AFP and is a Past President of the Greater Arizona chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and the Planned Giving Roundtable of Arizona.

Mark holds1 an MA from the Institute of Latin American Studies at the University of Texas-Austin, and is a graduate of the Executive Leadership Institute co-hosted by AFP and the University of Indiana Center for Philanthropy. His honors include the “Service Above Self” Award from Rotary International. His wife and three children were born in Guatemala.

Professional Highlights

Graduate of the Institute of Latin American Studies from the University of Texas Austin

Founding board member of Advance Guatemala

Developed a multi-year international mentoring relationship between the Greater Arizona Chapter of AFP and the West Mexico Chapter (Guadalajara) which included a presentation at their Day of Philanthropy event

CFRE (Certified Executive Fundraiser) since 1990

I’m now the Chair of the President’s Council