Daniel Neel

Vice President of Development

Daniel brings to The Smith Center more than 30 years of professional fundraising and financial services experience. Prior to joining The Smith Center, Daniel provided a depth of strategic counsel to nonprofit organizations across the country and in Las Vegas, including Bishop Gorman, Faith Lutheran, Make-A-Wish, UNLV Football Foundation and others. His work with organizations throughout his career has yielded some of the most successful and comprehensive multilevel, regional and national fundraising programs and campaigns, raising well over a billion dollars for capital and operational needs.


Daniel came to The Smith Center after serving as the Chief Development & Finance Officer for The Animal Foundation in Las Vegas. There he not only implemented initiatives to substantially grow operating revenue, but also led the successful effort to complete the Mission: Possible 2020 All of Us for All of Them $35M comprehensive campaign for the new Engelstad Foundation Adoption Center, renovations of the existing Lied Animal Shelter and lifesaving program support.


In addition to Daniel’s years in successfully leading his own fundraising firms and as Executive Vice President with one of the largest national fundraising organizations in the US, Daniel has served as President, Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer for international investment banking and investment management organizations. He began his professional career as a Certified Public Accountant.


Daniel is recognized for his ability to listen, assess an organization’s needs and provide highly effective strategic operational, fundraising and financial solutions. He is also a nationally recognized thought leader in fundraising as demonstrated through his teaching, speaking engagements, published writings and webinars.


Daniel graduated from Texas A&M University with a BBA degree in accounting. Daniel and his wife, Lee, also stay busy with their world-champion Frisbee dogs, Jessie and Xena.