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29 Acres names Chief Advancement Officer

Written by Mindia Whittier

The organization helps autistic adults build relationships and feel value in their lives.

A new Chief Advancement Officer recently joined 29 Acres, an innovative supported living community for adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other neuro-diversities.

Clayton Hollingsworth previously served as Chief Advancement Officer at The Lamplighter School, where he achieved record-breaking gala results, led annual giving and grew the alumni program. He also launched and executed the organization’s Bright Future Capital Campaign to include a new alumni and student services center, theater arts exploration lab, new and renovated classrooms, and a world-class outdoor playscape.  

Clayton is a contributing writer for the Forbes Nonprofit Council and a board member of the Association for Fundraising Professionals (AFP), where he serves as the 2022 Mentor/Mentee Program Chair. 

Prior to his most recent role at The Lamplighter School, Clayton served as Director of Major Gifts and Donor Relations at Greenhill School for its $54.75M capital campaign to build a new performing arts center. 

Clayton’s commitment to philanthropy reaches beyond his professional career. He previously served on the board of The ALS Living Fund and co-founded Dining Dallas, a philanthropic social networking organization in honor of his grandfather, Billy Guy Anderson. Anderson, a former quarterback for the Houston Oilers and Los Angeles Rams, and one of the most prolific passers in collegiate football history, died in 1995 from ALS.

Clayton has served as chair and co-chair to numerous fundraising galas including University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center’s MDA/ALS Center’s The Affair, An Evening of Education and Hope, The ALS Association’s Calling All Heroes Gala, and Bettin’ on a Cure for ALS. He also served as a member of Hillary for America’s National Finance Committee and Hillary for America’s National LGBT Council.

Clayton received his BA from Southern Methodist University in political science and a minor in religious studies, an MBA from Northwood University, and received further graduate-level coursework from The Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University. He previously worked for the Texas State Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Office in Austin, Texas, and The Atlas Project in Washington, D.C. He lives in Dallas with his husband, a Navy veteran, and their three daughters. 

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Mindia Whittier