42. The Generosity Crisis – The Case for RADICAL CONNECTION to Solve Humanity's Greatest Challenges



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About this episode

On this episode of The Intentional Fundraiser Podcast, I’m so excited to be talking with Nathan Chappell and Brian Crimmins, two brilliant minds in the nonprofit space, respectively.

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 is Senior Vice President of DonorSearch AI, leading artificial Intelligence deployments for some of the nation’s largest nonprofit organizations.

Nathan is a member of the Forbes Technology Council and holds a Master’s in Nonprofit Administration from the University of Notre Dame, an MBA from the University of Redlands, a certificate in International Economics from the University of Cambridge and a certificate in Artificial Intelligence from MIT.

Brian is a global leader in social impact, a popular public speaker with the world’s foremost speaking agency, the Washington Speakers Bureau, and CEO of Changing Our World. Through service lines that include strategic planning, fundraising, corporate social engagement (CSR & ESG), research and analytics, and communications, Changing Our World raises billions in support of client causes.

And counseling leading companies and brands to design and implement strategic corporate responsibility programs that deliver social impact while driving business strategy.

Together, they (along with Michael Ashley) are co-authors of The Generosity Crisis: The Case for Radical Connection to Solve Humanity's Greatest Challenges, a thought-provoking exploration of the generosity decline in the U.S. and its impact on nonprofits, individuals and communities.

Through their insightful analysis, Brian and Nathan present a compelling case for adopting a Radical Connection approach, which emphasizes building lasting connections rather than transactional interactions, to reverse this trend.

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Our guests

Nathan Chappell, Senior Vice President, DonorSearch AI

Brian Crimmins, CEO, Changing Our World, Inc.


"It's not about more donors, it's about better donors. And it's about finding people based on their connection and their relationship to you, and then fostering that relationship."

- Nathan Chappell, Senior Vice President, DonorSearch AI


Resources mentioned in this episode  

The Generosity Crisis Website

Changing Our World, Inc.

DonorSearch AI

Giving USA

Power and Prediction: The Disruptive Economics of Artificial Intelligence by Ajay Agrawal, Joshua Gans, and Avi Goldfarb

Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek


Connect with Nathan Chappell online

Linkedin / Website / Email


Connect with Brian Crimmins online

Twitter / Linkedin / Email


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