Doug White



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.

Doug is a past member of the Board of Directors of the 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.

Expert Witness

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 Susan Koret v. Thaddeus N. Taube Et Al (2016), Oatman v. InfoCision (2013), and Community Infusion Services v. the National Organization for Rare Disorders (2012).


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.