Columbia University's Master of Science in Fundraising Management program. He is the former academic director of New York University's Heyman Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising where, in addition to his management responsibilities, he taught ethics-based fundraising and board governance. He has also been an advisor to BoardSource, the nation's leading organization dedicated to "building exceptional nonprofit boards and inspiring board service."
Doug has contracted with Paragon House (described as "a groundbreaking publisher") for his fourth book, which is scheduled for release in April 2014. "Abusing Donor Intent" is about the historic lawsuit brought against Princeton by the children of Charles and Marie Robertson, a couple who donated $35 million in 1961 (the biggest one-time gift to a university ever at the time) to endow the graduate program at the Woodrow Wilson School. In the complaint, which was filed in 2002, the family contended that Princeton abused its mandate to spend the money as the donors wished.
The other three books: "The Nonprofit Challenge: Integrating Ethics into the Purpose and Promise of Our Nation's Charities" (2010, Palgrave Macmillan), which examines charities in an ethical context; "Charity on Trial: What You Need to Know Before You Give" (2007, Barricade Books); and "The Art of Planned Giving: Understanding Donors and the Culture of Giving" (1996, John Wiley & Sons), which was awarded the 1996 Staley/Robeson/Ryan/St. Lawrence Prize for Research by the Association of Fundraising Professionals. He has written several articles for a variety of magazines and periodicals, including Trusts and Estates, the Journal of Gift Planning, Charitable Gift Planning News, and the Chronicle of Philanthropy.
Since 1979 Doug has advised hundreds of charities of all types and sizes. Today, he works closely with select organizations on ethics decision-making, board governance, and fundraising. A few of the more interesting organizations with which he has worked include:
A graduate of Dartmouth College, Doug has worked as the development director at Holderness School (NH), and has served as a trustee at several charities. For almost two decades (1982 – 2000) he served on the Capital Giving Committee at Phillips Exeter Academy and as its national chair for several years during that time. He has served in leading roles with two national planned gift and endowment investment firms. As a long-term consultant to Blackbaud, Inc. in the 1980s and 1990s, he developed one of the first planned giving software programs.
Partnership for Philanthropic Planning (formerly the National Committee on Planned Giving). In 1996, while on the NCPG board, he founded the national initiative of Leave A Legacy. He is also a past chair of the NCPG Ethics Committee and the 1995 NCPG National Conference. He is a past president of the Planned Giving Group of New England and a past president of the New Hampshire/Vermont chapter of AFP. In 2002 the National Capital Gift Planning Council presented Doug with its “Distinguished Service Award.” Today he chairs that council’s Ethics Committee and writes the "Ethics Corner," a monthly column on ethics and fundraising.
In 1995 Doug testified before a Congressional committee in support of the Philanthropy Protection Act, and, in a related development, served as an expert witness for the charitable defendants in a national class-action lawsuit - informally known as the "Texas Lawsuit" and formally known as Ozee, et. al. v. the American Council on Gift Annuities - that threatened the ability of charities to raise money. Doug has also served as an expert witness in Community Infusion Services v. the National Organization for Rare Disorders (2012) and Oatman v. InfoCision (2013).
Since 1981 he has spoken at over 750 conferences on philanthropy, including the the National Capital Gift Planning Council, the Association for Fundraising Professionals, The Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning, the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy, United Jewish Communities, and hundreds of local professional organizations and planned giving councils, as well as many audiences sponsored by local charities and other groups.