Episode 11


Episode 11: Breaking Barriers: Shawn Olds on Fundraising Innovation and AI Empowerment


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Don’t miss out on this episode bursting with insights, game-changing AI strategies for nonprofits, and more! Tune in to a conversation packed with wisdom and actionable advice from one of the trailblazers in fundraising innovation, Shawn Olds. 

Shawn Olds, CEO of boodleAI, drives innovation in nonprofit engagement through machine learning. With over two decades of experience, he leads the forefront in connecting nonprofits with donors. Shawn’s leadership propels boodleAI as the premier peer-to-peer platform, revolutionizing how nonprofits identify and engage supporters and fostering impactful relationships. 

In today’s conversation, Shawn takes us on a journey through his remarkable career, from his childhood adventures to his groundbreaking work in AI technology. Also, as Shawn delves into his professional journey, he provides fascinating insights into the evolution of technology and its impact on the nonprofit sector. From the skepticism surrounding the internet in the late ’90s to the transformative potential of AI today, Shawn discusses the challenges and opportunities that arise from embracing innovation. 

With a keen focus on AI adoption, Shawn explores the hurdles nonprofits and businesses face. He underscores the importance of setting realistic expectations and overcoming the fear of technology. Shawn explains how BoodleBox is leading the charge in democratizing AI, empowering teams to collaborate seamlessly and unlock new possibilities in fundraising and beyond. 

Furthermore, he shares valuable insights into the practical applications of generative AI, from content generation and translation to role-playing scenarios for major gift officers. Shawn’s vision for a collaborative AI ecosystem offers a glimpse into the future of fundraising, where organizations can share best practices and leverage cutting-edge technology to drive impact. 





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.