A. Scott DuPree is an international civil society consultant with extensive experience in helping build and strengthens civil society organizations in Southern Africa, Brazil, Mexico, Southeast Asia and the United States. His interest in the power of communication and activism has led him to work with organizations concerned with social justice, community organizing, human rights and the environment.
Scott has more than 20 years of experience in organizational development, including strategic planning, fundraising and program development. The resource development plans and hands-on fundraising assistance he has given have resulted in millions of dollars of critical funding from foundations, individuals, companies and bilateral assistance agencies for local priorities in education, women and children’s and income generation. He has consulted extensively in the launch and evaluation of programs that support community mobilization and development—such as the creation of a women’s hospice network in Zimbabwe.
Scott specializes in strategic planning to help young and growing organizations create actionable plans leading to increased funding and building appropriate capacity in their program and fundraising. Scott has worked in Colorado to help a number of local organizations to plan for and improve their capacity, including the Alliance Center, the Rocky Mountain Survivor Center, and Global Response. To realize sustainable visions for social change, he has worked with dozens of grant-making foundations, including the Community Foundation for the Western Region of Zimbabwe, the Foundation for Community Development (Mozambique), The Center for Socio-Environmental Support (Brazil), the Samdhana Institute (Southeast Asia) and the Global Greengrants Fund (US). He is a co-author of the Sourcebook on International Foundation Building on the successful initiatives of 29 foundations around the world.
Scott has served as the regional director for Southern African programs for the Synergos Institute in New York City, a founding director of Conectas Human Rights in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and Alliance Coordinator for the Global Greengrants Fund in Colorado. At Synergos, Scott designed and managed programs in the eleven-country region of Southern Africa (Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania and Zimbabwe) and provided capacity-building services to over 50 foundations. As a program and founding director of Conectas, Scott designed and managed programs that included the Pro Bono Institute (the first organization in Brazil for pro bono legal assistance); Sur – Human Rights University Network with over 130 academics in 25 countries; and the Human Rights Dialogue Network with 450 activists from 30 countries. At Global Greengrants, he coordinated the Greengrants Alliance of Funds, an effort to build activist-led grantmaking funds that resulted in new funds in Brazil, Mexico and Southeast Asia. He also served in the US Peace Corps in Botswana. In all, he has travelled and worked in 40 countries.
Scott received his PhD from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at Denver University with a thesis on civil society in Zimbabwe. He holds a Master’s Degree in International Affairs from Columbia University and a BA in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College.