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Doug White named academic director of Heyman Center at NYU

NYU Heyman Center
September 17, 2010
The New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies (www.scps.nyu.edu) today announced that Doug White has been named academic director of the George H. Heyman, Jr. Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising. White and the Heyman Center’s executive director Naomi Levine will collaborate on programming and promotion of the Center, while also further developing the curricula of its academic programs, which include a Master of Science in Fundraising and Grantmaking and Professional Certificates in Fundraising, Global Philanthropy, and Grantmaking and Foundations. White, who has been teaching at NYU-SCPS since 2003, will also join the Center’s full-time faculty as a clinical assistant professor.

“Doug’s consulting experience and books demonstrate an invaluable understanding of the increasingly complex environment of private and public benefactors, and an ability to distill organizations to their core focus: doing good and helping others,” said Levine. “I could think of no better partner to ensure that our curricula and professors foster that understanding in our students.”

A graduate of Dartmouth College, White is the author of the forthcoming The Nonprofit Challenge: Integrating Ethics into the Purpose and Promise of Our Nation's Charities (2010, Palgrave MacMillan), a book examining charities in an ethical context, which releases October 26. His previous books are Charity on Trial: What You Need to Know Before You Give (2007, Barricade Books) and The Art of Planned Giving: Understanding Donors and the Culture of Giving (1996, John Wiley & Sons), which was awarded the 1996 Staley/Robeson/Ryan/St. Lawrence Prize for Research by the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

“It is my intention to honor the vision that Mrs. Levine has pursued in building the Heyman Center over the past ten years,” said White. “On top of that, I’m confident that we can continue the Heyman Center’s growth and make it the premier center for education in philanthropy in the country by focusing our students not only on the business of philanthropy, but the ethics of good organization.”

Prior to teaching at the Heyman Center, White served in leading roles with two national planned gift and endowment investment firms, and, in addition to his other general consulting at charities, helped develop gift acceptance and investment policies. White also worked as the development director at Holderness School (NH) and served as a trustee at several charities. For almost two decades (1982 – 2000) he served on the Capital Giving Committee at Phillips Exeter Academy and as its national chair for several years during that time. As a long-term consultant to Blackbaud, Inc. in the 1980s and 1990s, he also developed one of the first planned giving software programs.
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