Advisory Council Member


Cause Areas


It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


849 Valencia StreetSan Francisco, CA 94110


The Valentino Achak Deng Foundation was established in 2006 by Valentino Achak Deng and Dave Eggers, after the publication of Eggers's best-selling novel What Is the What, which tells Deng's life story. The Foundation's mission is to help rebuild Sudanese communities in war-torn Southern Sudan by increasing access to educational opportunities and creating viable and community-driven educational centers. In May 2009, the Foundation opened its first secondary school in the village of Marial Bai, Southern Sudan, the campus has been expanded to include a library, teacher-training college, and community center.

We're a very small and friendly non-profit organization.

We are looking for help with high level donor engagement and need respected leaders in the community to support our cause. This can include:

- using your expertise and public speaking skills for participation in speaking events where you are an expert on education in emergencies, TVET, rights-based approaches to education or other related topic

- one-on-one in person networking with respected leaders in philanthropy, high net worth individuals and celebrities to bring in funding for VAD Foundation

- eventplanning for fundraisers or helping to organize fundraisers in San Francisco Bay Area and elsewhere

- advising us on our program designs or feasibility aspects such as making a security plan, recommendations on administrative reforms that are necessary to apply to institutional funding, staff hiring recommendations based on the needs assessment

To apply, please send a short bio of yourself or send your LinkedIn profile to You can also send videos and photos of events you have planned if you think that will be informative to the selection comittee.


  • Resource Development / Management
  • Networking
  • Fundraising
  • Business Development & Sales Management
  • Public Speaking
  • Relationship Building

Good Match For

People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Orientation or Training
  • 10 hours per month
  • commitment of one year

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