“Your energy, intelligence and expertise make for a wonderful learning environment.”

“You are making a difference in the lives of all those who work in the nonprofit sector.” 

“Thank you for changing our lives.”


Since 2000, I have served as an adjunct member for the Master of Arts in Philanthropy and Development at Saint Mary’s University Minnesota.

One of oldest masters program in philanthropy, the SMU program is presented online and in summer residencies. The program includes courses on leadership, globalization of philanthropy, organizational development, and governance – and, of course – fund development. The cohort model builds strong bonds between students, creating a special learning environment and support systems.

I teach two courses in the program: “Introduction to Philanthropy and Development: Frameworks for Thinking and Working,” is the first course students take. In their second year, students join me for “Board Governance.”

My time with the SMU Philanthropy and Development program is one of the most meaningful experiences in my life. The students’ diverse backgrounds, the intensity of conversations, and the deep exploration of topics – I’m in my element.

I often blog about this program. My books include SMU stories and cage-rattling questions generated during my time in the classroom.

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