Thomas Wolf




Dr. Thomas Wolf's career in philanthropy spans over four decades. He has been both a fund raiser and a donor and grantmaker giving him unique perspectives on multiple elements of philanthropic relationships. He is currently a principal of WolfBrown, an international consulting firm that he helped establish in 1983. His clients have included treasured nonprofit and charitable organizations around the world as well as many of the largest US foundations, various government agencies, and corporations.

Dr. Wolf has written extensively on philanthropy and nonprofit management and his books are standard texts in many colleges and universities. His workshops and convocations on fund raising for trustees, administrators and volunteers have earned him national recognition.

Wolf holds a doctorate from Harvard University where he taught for many years, including a popular course on fundraising. He is the author of How to Connect with Donors and Double the Money You Raise, Managing a Nonprofit Organization in the 21st Century, Effective Leadership for Nonprofit Organizations, and other books.

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Oct 11th 2016

Far too often organizations see donors through the distorted lens of retention rates and giving capacity. When it comes to fundraising, organizations must remember that relationships are a two-way street. The best fundraisers engage their donors in a multitude of ways: they build relationships, identify common interests, listen, and show gratitude. Through this course, students will learn the ins and outs of fundraising from a seasoned fundraiser. Based on the instructor's book "How to Connect with Donors and Double the Money You Raise," the course will show successes and reveal failures that will expose the nuances of effective fundraising practices. Learners will then apply the knowledge and stories learned from the class to the practices of their own organizations' development teams.

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