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GSSWGraduate School of Social Work

David Gies


MS, De Paul University 

MPA, University of Colorado at Denver

Academic and Research Interests

  • global practice 
  • One Health 
  • animal welfare 
  • charitable giving 
  • cause-related fundraising


David L. Gies was the first chief operating officer for the Africa Network for Animal Welfare in Nairobi, Kenya, establishing internal controls and reports for funders in the United States. He is the founder of the Africa Network for Animal Welfare—USA. Currently he serves as secretary to the board of directors and is the U.S. Liaison for the sister program in Nairobi.

Gies served as the executive director to the Animal Assistance Foundation until September of 2012. He has taught at the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Denver, where he co-led the service-learning course, “Social Work in Kenya.” He also has taught at Regis University in the Master of Nonprofit Management program.

Gies’ management experience spans more than 30 years of charitable giving and cause-related fundraising from the arts to animal issues. His work at the Animal Assistance Foundation included expanding Colorado’s capacity for ending pet euthanasia, promoting strong community ethics for animal care and signaling funders to include animals within their grant-making portfolios.

With the Africa Network for Animal Welfare, Gies raises funds, manages the transfer of funds between the United States and Kenya where advocacy for humane livestock practices, wildlife protection, human security and conflict resolution in Africa are implemented. He works to promote understanding for the value of human animal connection and its logical extension for One Health.

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