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Episode 1: Responsible and Beneficial AI for the Global Fundraising Community


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In this episode of Fundraising.AI Podcast…

Welcome to the thrilling premiere episode of the “Fundraising.AI Podcast,” where Nathan Chappell and Scott Rosenkrans embark on a nerdy and inspired exploration of the dynamic intersection between applied artificial intelligence and fundraising. In this episode, Nathan and Scott share their unique backgrounds, offering glimpses into their professional journeys – one from the world of technology entrepreneurship and the other from the nonprofit sector.

Nathan Chappell serves as a Senior Vice President at DonorSearch AI, spearheading AI implementations for numerous prominent nonprofit organizations in the United States. Also, with over a decade of expertise in nonprofit leadership and fundraising, he co-authored the acclaimed book, “The Generosity Crisis: The Case for Radical Connection to Solve Humanity’s Greatest Challenges.” Additionally, Nathan holds multiple AI patents, is a certified fundraising executive, and is dedicated to the conscientious application of AI for societal benefit, actively addressing the ethical considerations of AI in philanthropy.

Scott Rosenkrans, an Associate Vice President at DonorSearch AI, leads the data science team dedicated to assisting nonprofits in utilizing Artificial Intelligence and big data for actionable insights. With a profound knowledge of applying predictive Machine Learning models to philanthropy, he has collaborated with over 100 nationwide nonprofits to enhance their fundraising initiatives. Also, Scott is enthusiastic about leveraging AI to create a positive impact globally, earning recognition from Fast Company for his contributions through their annual World Changing Ideas awards.

During the conversation, Nathan and Scott candidly discuss their diverse paths that eventually converged into a shared passion for the responsible use of AI in fundraising. They delve into the birth of the “Fundraising.AI” movement and their brainchild, the “Fundraising.AI Podcast.” Furthermore, they express their hopes for this platform to serve as a catalyst for making Responsible and Beneficial AI synonymous with fundraising. Also, Nathan and Scott set the stage for a podcast dedicated to demystifying AI with a nod to industry leaders, governmental discussions on AI ethics, and a commitment to fostering trust.

Listeners can anticipate a weekly dose of nerdy discussions, where they share quirky analogies and practical insights into the world of AI. The podcast promises to be an educational, informative, and entertaining journey, offering a unique lens focused on Responsible and Beneficial AI and its implications for the fundraising sector.

Join Nathan and Scott as they navigate the landscape of AI, distilling complex concepts into actionable insights and shedding light on areas of focus within the realm of fundraising technology. Get ready for debates, authentic conversations, and a front-row seat to the evolving world of fundraising.AI. Welcome to the “Fundraising.AI Podcast,” your go-to destination for staying informed and engaged in the Responsible and Beneficial AI revolution!





Nathan Chappell

As a thought leader, public speaker, author and inventor, Nathan is one of the world’s foremost experts on the intersection between Artificial Intelligence and philanthropy. Nathan serves as Senior Vice President of DonorSearch AI, where he leads AI deployments for some of the nation’s largest nonprofit organizations. Nathan’s subject matter expertise has been featured in several publications, including Fast Company, University of Notre Dame and the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy. In 2021, Nathan founded Fundraising.Ai as a member-centric collaboration of nonprofit professionals with a focus on data ethics, data equality, privacy and security, sustainability. Nathan presented the first TEDx on the topic of artificial intelligence and the future of generosity in 2018. Nathan is a member of the Forbes Technology Council and holds a Masters in Nonprofit Administration from University of Notre Dame, an MBA from University of Redlands, a certificate in International Economics from University of Cambridge and a certificate in Artificial Intelligence from MIT.

Scott Rosenkrans

Scott Rosenkrans is the Assistant Vice President of DonorSearch Ai and has been with the organization for three years. He began his journey in the nonprofit sector twelve years ago as a prospect researcher. He quickly became fascinated with data as he noticed the organization that he previously worked for was amassing a wealth of information but was unsure how to efficiently use the data and resources to its full potential. This led him to become interested in predictive modeling and data analytics. During this time, he began to create an immense commitment to delivering tailor-made machine learning models to nonprofits.

The thing that Scott loves most about working for DonorSearch is the ability to prioritize what is best for the client and nonprofit sector above all else. He believes that growth is our most important core value because the DSAi team continuously evolves and brings a unique perspective that provides value to our clients. He stays ahead of industry trends because of his insatiable drive to constantly try out new things.

Favorite nonprofit: Shriner’s Children Hospital because of their extreme commitment to providing exceptional medical care, while also alleviating the financial burdens on families.