Debra Minton

Senior Director of Philanthropy + Strategic Initiatives

Phone: 800-888-2876

Deb Minton, who has blonde hair and glasses, poses for a portrait. She is wearing a gray suit and an oversized watch.Deb Minton will join the team of Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors on January 3, 2019 in the newly-created position of Senior Director of Philanthropy and Strategic Initiatives. She has built her 30-year career as a nonprofit executive, consultant, strategist, teacher, speaker and coach. 

Deb has served as a philanthropic consultant to Phoenix Society through her firm, Philanthropia Partners, since 2015, most notably leading the Never Alone Campaign. The campaign marked the first, and largest, fundraising effort for the organization solely focused on building capacity. The transformational campaign raised over $6 million to support expanded reach and scope of programming, increased access to critical resources, and the development of infrastructure.

In her new role, Deb will oversee philanthropy, strategic initiatives and the expansion of Phoenix Society’s growing list of US and Global Corporate Partners in the healthcare, surgical, fire protection, insurance and tissue bank sectors.  

Prior to founding Philanthropia Partners, Deb served as the YMCA’s Vice President of Development, where she built a comprehensive fund development department from the ground up. Her work there laid the foundation for an unprecedented eight-year, $30 million expansion effort that brought three new YMCA’s to the region.

Deb also previously served as the Vice President of Development for Heart of West Michigan United Way, leading the annual campaign, major gifts and planned giving programs while directing the efforts of hundreds of volunteers, corporate leaders, executives and staff.

In addition to her robust professional experience, Deb currently serves as the Chair of Inforum’s West Michigan Regional Council and is a longtime member of the Board of Directors of the Saugatuck Center for the Arts. She is also an active member of Association of Fundraising Professionals West Michigan Chapter, and frequent speaker.

In her free time, Deb enjoys spending time with her family and dogs in beautiful Saugatuck, MI.