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Daniel J. Prohaska, MA, CFRE

President & CEO

(803) 796-1305

Daniel leads Lions Vision Services as President and Chief Executive Officer, overseeing program service delivery in all 46 South Carolina Counties, setting and implementing the strategic vision for the organization (along with the Board), and leading the organization’s fundraising and external affairs. He is the fifth and youngest CEO in the organization’s more than 50-year history.

Daniel joined the LVS staff in 2020. Since then, he has founded the Palmetto Vision Alliance, created a statewide vision health program with multiple agencies, overseen the implementation of the Entrepreneurial Operating System and Results Based Accountability framework, managed the Santee Blind Fishing Event, and secured the “Angels Charity” award from the South Carolina Secretary of State. In his ten years as a Lions Club member, Daniel also served on the LVS Board of Directors, including as Chairman, prior to being hired as staff.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, a Master’s Degree in Philanthropy and Development, the Certified Fund Raising Executive certification from CFRE International, is a graduate of Leadership South Carolina, and is a South Carolina Ports Ambassador.

In addition to his work at LVS, Daniel has served on many boards, steering committees, and commissions. He is currently Second Vice District Governor for Lions International District 32-C and Deacon of Multiplication at Great Commission Baptist Church. He was appointed to the Dorchester County Conservation & Greenbelt Advisory Commission in 2023 by Dorchester County Council. He is a member of professional associations including the Association of Fundraising Professionals, SC Planned Giving Council, Together SC, and CFRE International. He is a frequent presenter, speaker, and consultant at nonprofit events throughout South Carolina.

He and his wife, Angel, live in Summerville with their son, Joseph. They frequently visit State Parks. Daniel is studying to become an apprentice falconer and is Level 2 Certified by the National Association of Rocketry to fly high powered rockets.

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