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Doug White


Doug White, Director for the Master of Science in Fundraising Management program at Columbia University, has deep experience in the fundraising field, as well as a long list of publications and significant lecturing experience to his credit. He has over thirty years of leadership experience at nonprofits, as well as academic experience teaching courses in philanthropy and fundraising to graduate and noncredit students.

White was the academic director for the Heyman Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising at New York University's School of Continuing and Professional Studies. He has led organizations in developing ethics and strategic planning policies, donor relations, planned and major giving, and capital campaigns. He has been responsible for efforts that have raised more than $800 million dollars and his many honors include receiving the 2002 Distinguished Service Award from the National Capital Planned Giving Council in Washington, DC.

He is the author of four books: Abusing Donor Intent: The Robertson Family's Epic Lawsuit Against Princeton University (Paragon House 2014), The Nonprofit Challenge: Integrating Ethics into the Purpose and Promise of the Nation’s Nonprofits (Palgrave Macmillan 2010), Charity on Trial: What You Need to Know Before You Contribute (Barricade Books 2007), and The Art of Planned Giving: Understanding Donors and the Culture of Giving (John Wiley & Sons 1995).

White teaches a variety of courses, including the Fundraising Management program seminar on boards, which reviews boards of nonprofits, universities, hospitals, humane organizations, and homeless shelters. He is a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy and Dartmouth College.