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Elizabeth J. Dale

Associate Professor of Nonprofit Leadership, Seattle University

Elizabeth J. Dale is associate professor in the Master of Nonprofit Leadership Program at Seattle University. Elizabeth received her Ph.D. in Philanthropic Studies from the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Her research focuses on the philanthropic practices of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals and couples, women’s giving and funding for women’s and girls’ causes, and the intersection of gender and philanthropy. She has presented nationally and internationally on her research as well as on service learning and online teaching methods.

Elizabeth teaches courses in philanthropy, governance, fundraising, and marketing and communications. She enjoys integrating new technologies and learning platforms in her classroom to enhance student engagement, whether teaching in-person or online.

Prior to beginning her Ph.D., Elizabeth served as Director of Development at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, a large community hospital based in Chicago, and as a campaign manager for the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago. She also served as Board Treasurer for the Chicago Women’s Health Center, a women’s health collective, where she participated in alternative governance first-hand. She achieved the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation in 2012. Elizabeth also holds an M.A. in Women’s Studies from The Ohio State University and a B.A. in Journalism and Women’s and Gender Studies from Ohio Wesleyan University.


  • –present
    Assistant Professor of Nonprofit Leadership, Seattle University