Daniel Basco, Ph.D.

Vice President & Executive Director, Philanthropic Analytics & SurveyLab

“I will not follow where the path may lead, but I will go where there is no path, and I will leave a trail.”
— Muriel Strode


Daniel Basco, Ph.D. is the Vice President & Executive Director, Philanthropic Analytics & SurveyLab at GG+A. He provides leadership and oversight to a range of philanthropic analytics services in order to plan, execute, and deliver data driven solutions and strategic consulting across all practice areas within the firm. Daniel brings over 10 years of experience to the firm, bringing expertise in  

  • Data collection and analysis 
  • Survey development 
  • Program evaluation

Prior to joining GG+A, Daniel was President and Management Consultant at Vertex Evaluation and Research LLC, where he developed strategies to assess efficiency and effectiveness of Federal and foundation programs. Here he designed a foundation strategy for gifting $1.5 million annually to improve access to and equity in economic empowerment programs as well as collaborated with the National Academy of Sciences to provide evidence-based recommendations to allocate $3.4 billion in annual federal chemistry funding.  

Previously, Daniel conducted social science research and program evaluations while at RAND Corporation. He also provided analysis and recommendations for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and several Federal agencies on potential impacts of proposed Obama Administration policies while at IDA Science and Technology Policy Institute.   

Daniel holds a B.S. in Social Policy from Northwestern University. He also holds a M.Phil and Ph.D., both, in Policy Analysis from Pardee RAND Graduate School. Daniel serves on the Fundraising.AI Advisory Council supporting the advancement of an ethical framework for using artificial intelligence in fundraising. Daniel also serves on the Research Committee for Giving USA.


  • Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake
  • Benedict College
  • University of Cambridge
  • Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation
  • Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
  • Dartmouth College
  • Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
  • Duke Health
  • FiloliHistoric House and Garden
  • Holland Hall School
  • Loyola Marymount University
  • Lyric Opera of Chicago
  • The Maderia School
  • University of Mary Washington
  • McMaster University
  • The University of Melbourne
  • Mercyhurst University
  • Merrimack College
  • Miami Country Day School
  • University of Minnesota Foundation
  • Montgomery College
  • Mount St. Mary’s University
  • Northwestern University
  • PBS North Carolina
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archeology and Anthropology
  • The Pennsylvania State University
  • Philadelphia Theatre Company
  • Porter-Gaud School
  • Queen’s University at Kingston
  • University of Rochester
  • Royal Ontario Museum
  • Saint John’s Health Center Foundation
  • San Francisco Symphony
  • University of South Carolina
  • University of Southern California
  • St. John’s School (Houston)
  • Stony Brook Foundation
  • The University of Texas at Austin
  • United Service Organizations
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Wayfinder Family Services
  • The University of Western Ontario

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