Debbie Devald

Bookkeeper aka PiP's Number Cruncher
“Philanthropy means doing something charitable whether it be giving a donation to a charity or helping someone in need. Just give of yourself.”

Debbie Devald is the Bookkeeper for Professionals in Philanthropy, and yes, she has the power of the pen as our official number cruncher!

Debbie is everything you could want in a bookkeeper– she likes the numbers, keeps us on track to meet the deadlines, and twists our arms for receipts–and she does all of this with a smile and a warm personality!

When you’ve lived in one valley for more than 40 years, you manage to put down some pretty deep roots: Debbie is living proof of that. Although raised in Buffalo, New York, the snowy weather sent Debbie chasing after rays of sunshine in Las Vegas, which means PiP owes a great deal to the snow!

For more than 20 years, Debbie has kept her hands in the nonprofit community. Before she began a professional career in the sector, she received the Volunteer of the Year Award from HELP of Southern Nevada. Volunteering is part of who she is. Her passionate commitment to volunteerism made it clear that she would have a future in changing lives: a call she didn’t waste time in answering.

When she served as the Executive Director of the American Diabetes Association and the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation (now JDRF), she learned the masterful art of juggling many hats. She oversaw the strategic direction of the local chapters, including all board development activities, human resources functions, fundraising efforts, programming, community outreach, and special events (which is a lot to type, let alone perform—and perform well). Having a daughter with Type 1 Diabetes gave her a passion for helping the families who bravely face the disease; making a difference brought her joy; and that joy translated into success. All that work paid off, leading to her receipt of the Star Performance National Award. This was talent the PiP team couldn’t let go of!

Even now that she’s partially retired, she’s still managing to keep multiple balls in the air. She has taken up golfing with the girls, knitting, annual wine trips, and testing her luck in the casinos every now and then (unfortunately, she hasn’t hit the BIG one yet). And from time to time you’ll find her reading a book, indulging in her favorite coffee or ice cream (the two items she swears she could never give up), or listening to the music she loves (she guarantees that dancing is the best way to unwind and have a great time…and who said bookkeepers don’t know how to have fun?).

Las Vegas has grown quite a bit in the last 4 decades. The one thing that hasn’t changed, is the profound effect Debbie Devald has had on this community: we couldn’t be more proud to have her as part of the PiP family. Debbie wants everyone to know that she’s grateful for her many blessings, and we want Debbie to know that she’s been one. Debbie once said that she hopes she’s remembered someday as a kind-hearted, fun-loving (but still responsible) adult, who was most importantly a great mom and wife. Here at PiP and in the Las Vegas community, she’s known as that and so much more.