Dan Krause Bio

Founder & President

Dan is the Founder and President of GraceWorks Ministries, a non-profit ministry he founded in 2000. GraceWorks provides holistic solutions for healthy Christian schools in order to raise up the next generation of outstanding Christian leaders.

Dan jokes that his first job — ever — was working at a Christian school: Grace Lutheran, where he served as an assistant janitor at age 14. Professionally, Krause has worked in non-profit ministries his entire career, ever since graduating summa cum laude with a Liberal Arts degree from Concordia Teachers College (now University) in 1983.

Dan jokes that his first job — ever — was working at a Christian school: Grace Lutheran, where he served as an assistant janitor at age 14. Professionally, Krause has worked for nonprofits his entire life. As a fund development professional, Krause raised over $20 million in 15 years of full-time experience as line staff, volunteer, head of department, or consultant.

As a fund development professional, Krause raised over $20 million in 15 years of full-time experience as line staff, volunteer, head of department, or consultant. To accomplish his relational goals for fundraising, he co-developed Graceful Giving for Goldmine, a fundraising management companion program for Goldmine for Windows.

An experienced writer and trainer, Krause co-authored the 625-page Marketing Christian Schools: The Definitive Guide in 2006, which is used by over 2,000 Christian schools. He has developed three seminars for Christian school finance, fund raising, and marketing, which have been given nearly 300 times. Krause also authored a 65-page monograph, Succeeding at Major Gifts. In addition, Krause pioneered a marketing enrollment system coaching program used by over 200 clients in the last 4 years, and has written over 1,500 pages of materials related to Christian school marketing.

As a researcher, Krause developed both the Parent Satisfaction Referral Survey as well as the Differential Diagnostic report, which together have been taken by over 100,000 Christian school constituents in over 500 Christian schools throughout North America. He has conducted regional Christian school work as well, and studied research and statistics at a PhD level for one year at the University of Colorado. Krause has personally interpreted the results for over 350 of these surveys to principals, boards, and staff members. He has also personally supervised all four versions of the Parent Satisfaction and Referral Survey, with some of his programming still being used to generate final reports.

An innovator and developer, Krause spearheaded the effort to provide a nationally recognized multimedia public relations training kit (Tell it!) used by hundreds of churches and schools. He also created the Personalizer, an Excel-based program which increases direct mail results by 25-50% through highly relational, in-depth personalization. As a Vice President of Education for the Los Angeles Chapter of NSFRE (now AFP), Krause developed the first regional seminar specifically targeting minority fundraisers, with standing-room only attendance, in addition to supervising two other regional seminars.

For nearly 40 years, Krause has remained passionate about providing individual Christian schools and their staff members with the coaching and consultation they need, whether in person or via a virtual platform. He has enjoyed personally visiting tens of K-12 Christian schools over the years and has been honored to speak at a variety of national and regional conferences, including the NCEA, LC-MS, WELS, ELCA, ACSI, NAUMS, NSFRE, and William Carey University.

Krause also has an abiding passion for missions. In addition to being a graduate of Fuller Seminary’s School of World Missions (now School of Intercultural Studies), Krause worked at several mission agencies, including New Hope International, The Mustard Seed (then Pasadena), and the International Headquarters of the AD 2000 and Beyond Movement.

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