Episode 5


Episode 5: Unlocking Major Gift Fundraising with AI: A Blueprint for Success


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In this episode of Fundraising.AI Podcast…

Join Nathan and Scott as they delve into the transformative potential of AI in the world of major gift fundraising. In this episode, they explore how AI can revolutionize the major gift fundraising landscape, from enhancing efficiency to deepening personalization in donor interactions.

Drawing on their extensive experience in major gift fundraising and their keen understanding of AI technology, Nathan and Scott discuss practical applications of AI, such as roleplaying scenarios for fundraisers, personalized donor communications, and crafting compelling fundraising appeals. They emphasize the importance of embracing AI as a tool for efficiency and precision, empowering fundraisers to excel in their roles and build stronger donor relationships.

They also highlight the growing imperative for fundraisers to AI-proof their careers, citing recent Social Impact Staff Retention Report statistics. With a staggering 74% of nonprofit professionals considering leaving their jobs due to overwhelming responsibilities, Nathan and Scott underscore the urgent need for AI adoption in the sector.

Throughout the episode, Nathan and Scott share personal anecdotes, expert insights, and practical advice for fundraisers looking to harness the power of AI. Whether you’re a seasoned fundraiser or new to the field, this episode offers invaluable guidance for navigating the new frontier of major gift fundraising with AI. Tune in to learn how AI can supercharge your fundraising efforts and propel your career to new heights!




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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.