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Award-Winning Author Doug White Named Academic Director of NYU-SCPS George H. Heyman, Jr. Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising

September 18, 2010

o   White brings 30 years of experience in nonprofit management and consulting to position

o   Will oversee expansion of curricula for the Master’s and professional certificate programs

The New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies ( 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.

Since 1981, White has spoken at over 700 conferences on philanthropy, including the Association for Fundraising Professionals, The Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, the National Committee on Planned Giving, the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy, United Jewish Communities, and dozens of local professional organizations and planned giving councils, as well as many audiences sponsored by local charities and other groups.

Media Contacts:   Keith Campbell | 212 725-4500 |

                             Cheryl Feliciano | 212 992-9103 |

About The George H. Heyman, Jr. Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising

Now celebrating its 10th year, the Heyman Center was established to help fundraisers learn about the complexities in fundraising and philanthropy and help them become sensitive to the many ethical issues that arise in governance and fundraising.  The Heyman Center has now taught more than 3,000 students and provides more than 40 courses in non-credit certificate programs.  It offers a two-year Master of Science in Fundraising and Grantmaking Program and three professional certificates (in Fundraising, Global Philanthropy, and Grantmaking and Foundations).   

About the NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies

Established in 1934, NYU-SCPS ( is one of NYU’s several degree-granting schools and colleges, each with a unique academic profile. The reputation of NYU-SCPS arises from its place as the NYU home for study and applied research related to key knowledge-based industries where the New York region leads globally. This is manifest in the School’s diverse graduate, undergraduate, and continuing education programs in fields such as Real Estate and Construction Management; Hospitality, Tourism, and Sports Management; Global Affairs; Philanthropy and Fundraising; Graphic Communications Media, Publishing, and Digital Arts; Human Capital Management, Marketing, and Public Relations; with complementary strengths in the Liberal and Allied Arts, Translation and Interpreting, Management and Information Technology, and Finance and Taxation. More than 100 distinguished full-time faculty members collaborate with an exceptional cadre of practitioner/adjunct faculty and lecturers to create vibrant professional and academic networks that attract some 4,200 degree-seeking students from every corner of the region and the world.  In addition, the School fulfills the recurrent continuing higher education needs of local and professional communities, as evidenced by 55,000 annual enrollments in individual courses, specialized certificate programs, conferences, workshops, seminars, and public events.

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Press Contact: Cheryl Feliciano | (212) 992-9103

Doug White Named Academic Director of  NYU-SCPS Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising

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