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Doug White Bio

Doug White, a long-time leader in the nation’s philanthropic community, is the former director of the Master of Science in Fundraising Management program at Columbia University, and is on the faculty at the Valdry Center for Philanthropy at Southern University, where he continues to teach board governance, ethics, and fundraising.

He wrote the book “Abusing Donor Intent,” which chronicles the historic lawsuit brought by a donor’s heirs against Princeton University, and today is working on a book that examines gifts that have gone wrong at other universities. His most recent publication, “Wounded Charity,” examines the leadership crisis in 2016 at the veterans’ charity Wounded Warrior Project. He is also the author of “The Nonprofit Challenge,” “Charity on Trial,” and “The Art of Planned Giving.”

Doug is a past member of the board of directors of the National Association for Charitable Gift Planners (formerly the National Committee on Planned Giving), where he founded the national initiative of Leave A Legacy and chaired the NCPG Ethics Committee. He is a past president of the Planned Giving Group of New England and a past president of the New Hampshire/Vermont chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. He writes the ethics column for the National Capital Gift Planning Council, in Washington, DC, which in 2002 presented Doug with its Distinguished Service Award.

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