Episode 16


Episode 16 - Exploring Responsible Transformation in Fundraising Amidst AI's Complexities


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From deciphering the mysteries of binary code to grappling with the implications of fake news controversies, today’s episode offers engaging anecdotes and real-world examples to illuminate the multifaceted nature of AI’s impact on society. With actionable insights and a compelling call to action, Nathan and Scott inspire you to navigate the complexities of AI with caution and conscientiousness, ensuring that fundraising endeavors embrace innovation while upholding ethical principles.  

The conversation begins with a deep dive into Microsoft’s groundbreaking announcement of a new deep fake tool, raising questions about the ethical considerations and societal implications of such technology. Nathan and Scott unpack the potential risks and benefits of deep fake technology, highlighting Microsoft’s cautious approach and the broader impact on digital authenticity. 

From there, the discussion evolves to examine Meta’s latest multimodal model, Meta Llama 3, boasting an impressive 140 billion parameters and promising unparalleled text and visual processing performance. The hosts analyze the implications of Meta’s open-source strategy and the complexities of trust in tech giants amidst growing skepticism from the public. 

Delving into the nuances of AI ethics, Nathan and Scott explore the intricacies of copyright infringement and data usage, drawing attention to recent controversies involving Google’s legal dispute with OpenAI over data extraction from YouTube. They reflect on the evolving definitions of copyright protection and the challenges of navigating the ethical landscape of AI-driven innovation. Also, throughout the episode, Nathan and Scott draw from their extensive experience in the fundraising sector to underscore the transformative potential of AI for nonprofit organizations. They emphasize the importance of responsible AI adoption, urging listeners to approach technological innovation with mindfulness and ethical awareness. 





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.