Author • Teacher • Advisor
Doug White, a long-time leader in the nation’s philanthropic community, is an author, teacher, and an advisor to nonprofit organizations and philanthropists.
He is Co-Chair of the FoolProof Foundation’s Walter Cronkite Project Committee and a governing board member of the Secular Coalition of America.
He is the former director of Columbia University’s Master of Science in Fundraising Management program, where, in addition to his extensive management responsibilities, he taught board governance, ethics and fundraising. He is also the former academic director of New York University’s Heyman Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising. He has also been an advisor to BoardSource, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to “building exceptional nonprofit boards and inspiring board service.”
In September 2016, he completed a comprehensive review of the media allegations against Wounded Warrior Project: The First Casualty: A Report Addressing the Allegations Made Against the Wounded Warrior Project in January 2016. That report has been expanded into a book, Wounded Charity, to be published in the fall of 2019.
In 2014 Doug published his fourth book, “Abusing Donor Intent” (Paragon House, described as “a groundbreaking publisher“), which 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.
From the Foundation Center: “Just as White earlier explored a rogues’ gallery of swindlers and incompetent trustees in Charity on Trial, he here invites the reader to look behind the curtain of privilege and wealth, this time to learn just how bad things can get when a donor and beneficiary no longer see eye-to-eye. Informed by the slow burn of a decades-old frustration, not to mention the disposition of hundreds of millions of dollars and the reputation of one of America’s oldest and most respected universities, Abusing Donor Intent is equal parts thriller and cautionary tale.”
From Library Journal: “White provides an accessible review of the complex chain of events mixed with telling observations on the key actors in the proceedings. He looks at the law, its practical application, and other select cases in which donor intent was at issue. The process that led to a settlement with the institution is carefully recounted and bolstered with references to original documents related to the action and countless interviews. VERDICT This is an important book for gift givers, recipients, and boards administering philanthropic charities. White’s balanced account of the dispute connects the personal and legal dramas to create an informative and engaging work.”
And from the Wall Street Journal: “Doug White, who teaches fundraising management at Columbia University, gives a detailed . . . account of a case that attracted national attention and highlighted the frustrations that donors feel when they see their money being used for purposes they never intended.”
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.