While evidence of philanthropic generosity abounds, philanthropy as a more “formal” activity started a little more than 50 years ago. It has been only in the last two decades or so that fundraising has grown in professionalism, with formalized training and career tracks. This is due, in large part, because the importance of fundraising has grown exponentially in response to an ever changing economic, social and political landscape.

Given the importance of fundraising activity in today’s environment, it is a good idea to be able to critically reflect on the current state of U.S. fundraising: To look at what is working and more importantly, what’s not working so well. What are the current knowledge gaps, and how might we fill those gaps? What are the current and emerging trends across the fundraising spectrum?

Join Robert Alpaugh, Philanthropy Activist, as he reviews the data from ROGARE’s Critical Fundraising Report #3 covering topics as diverse as ‘the state of the public trust in non-profits’ to ‘the mismanagement of social fundraising data’.  He’ll engage YOU in conversation with your colleagues about the relevance of these trends to your organization. And more importantly – how to incorporate, where relevant – ROGARE’s findings and recommendations to help grow your fundraising capacity.

Suggested attendees: Board Chairs, Board Development Committee Chairs, CEOs, Executive Directors, Chief Development Officers and Annual Fund Managers.

About Our Speaker: Robert Alpaugh

Philanthropy Activist. Philanthropy: Latin and Greek: “Love of Mankind.” Activist: a person who advocates or practices doctrines that emphasize strong action; advocating and empowering a form of altruism that consists of private sector initiatives for the public good, focusing on quality – of – life endeavors. Philanthropy is often thought of as “fundraising.” But it is so much more. Philanthropy is a broad-gauged philosophy that includes any – and – all activities undertaken in the spirit of “doing the public good!”

As a leader in the cultural arena, Robert has worked in museums, opera, theater, dance and music, serving as CEO or consultant with such organizations as the Minnesota Historical Society, The Foundation for Barnes – Jewish Hospital, The Screen Actors Guild Foundation, The Guthrie Theatre, Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Joffrey Ballet, Williamstown Theater Festival, Arizona Theatre Company and Tony Award winning Victory Gardens Theater.

Robert presents frequently on nonprofit management, philanthropy and board development and governance. He particularly enjoys presenting/discussing the GIVING USA data on fundraising performance across the country. In many ways the ROGARE report is similar. National practices and trends are explored, and in this session broken down as they relate to our own community.

He has served on the faculties of Arizona State University, University of Arizona, Emory University, State University of New York at Stony Brook, Columbia College and the School of the Art Institute – Chicago. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Florida State University and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of North Carolina.