Episode 14


Embracing AI for Transformative Impact and Sustainable Growth with Mallory Erickson


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While acknowledging the overwhelm many frontline fundraisers experience with new tech developments, our guest for today, champions the potential of AI to empower and streamline processes. Through AI-driven solutions, she envisions a future where fundraisers can focus on meaningful connections rather than administrative tasks, ultimately enhancing their impact. 

This episode features Mallory Erickson, a seasoned expert in nonprofit fundraising renowned for her innovative approach and impactful strategies. With her pioneering course, the Power Partners Formula™️, she revolutionizes how nonprofits secure funding, enabling them to shift focus from relentless solicitation to sustainable growth. Having guided over 60,000 fundraisers, Mallory employs a unique win-win framework integrating cutting-edge fundraising techniques with executive coaching, behavioral psychology, and design thinking principles. Her influence extends beyond coaching, as she hosts the enlightening podcast “What the Fundraising,” where she engages diverse voices to explore crucial topics in nonprofit leadership and fundraising. 

Drawing from her own experiences, Mallory highlights the transformative potential of AI as a tool for fundraiser enablement, alleviating overwhelm, and enhancing productivity throughout the episode. Also, she provides invaluable perspectives on various facets of AI, ranging from predictive AI’s ability to streamline grant application processes to the role of generative AI in freeing up time for nonprofit leaders burdened with multiple responsibilities. She dispels common fears surrounding AI adoption, emphasizing its capacity to augment rather than replace human expertise. Mallory’s discussion extends beyond fundraising, touching on the broader implications of AI adoption for nonprofit organizations. Moreover, she underscores the importance of approaching AI with curiosity and a problem-solving mindset rather than succumbing to binary perceptions of its capabilities.  





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.