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James N. Falk ’77 Named Outstanding Fundraising Executive

— by on November 19th, 2015

James N. Falk, a 1977 graduate of Washington and Lee University, received the Outstanding Fundraising Executive Award on Nov. 13 from the Greater Dallas Chapter of Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Since 2001, he has served as president and CEO of the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth, growing its membership from 350 to over 4,000 and its annual budget from $375,000 to $2.3 million. He began the council’s International Education Program, equipping over 1 million students and 8,000 teachers to better understand and relate global issues to their lives.

Jim has worked as a commercial banker and was an active volunteer with the Houston World Affairs Council, UNICEF, the United Way and the MS Society. In 2013 he was appointed honorary consul for the Kingdom of Morocco for Texas and is now starting an annual fundraising dinner to purchase portable toilets for girls’ elementary schools in rural Morocco, since girls over the age of 8 are prohibited from attending school due to the lack of facilities.

He first became a member of the AFP Houston Chapter and then the Greater Dallas Chapter in 1999, when he relocated to work for the National Center for Policy Analysis, raising in excess of $12 million annually.

He has held board positions with the Dallas International School and World Affairs Councils of America, was recently reelected to the national board of the World Affairs Councils of America and is director of the North Texas Commission. Jim is also adjunct professor of international relations at the University of North Texas.