2021 Programs


Location: Via Zoom

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AI and the Future of Generosity

Join us to learn how big data and artificial intelligence is helping solve the biggest challenges in the nonprofit sector.


Nathan Chappell, MBA, MNA, CFRE
Senior Vice President, DonorSearch Analytics

Nathan serves as Senior Vice President of DonorSearch Analytics. As a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), he is regarded as a thought leader in the nonprofit industry and speaks frequently on the topic of precision philanthropy. In 2018, Nathan presented the first TEDx on the topic of artificial intelligence and the future of generosity. Nathan has served in a variety of nonprofit leadership positions for the past 20 years. Though his prior roles as Senior Vice President of Philanthropy at City of Hope, Assistant Vice Chancellor at UC San Diego and consultant with CCS Fundraising and Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Nathan has directly led fundraising teams that have generated more than $1 billion in philanthropic revenue.

Nathan holds a Master in Nonprofit Administration from University of Notre Dame, a master’s in business administration from University of Redlands, a certificate in International Economics from University of Cambridge, and a certificate in Artificial Intelligence from MIT Sloan School of Management.

FRIDAY, APRIL 16, 2021

Location: Via Zoom


Eddie Thompson, PhD
Founder & CEO, Thompson & Associates

Dr. Eddie Thompson holds a Doctorate from Vanderbilt University. His doctoral dissertation was on successful fundraising methods. His academic achievements include two Master of Arts degrees, a Bachelor of Arts and an Associate of Fine Arts degree. He has served in many capacities with nonprofit organizations, including Assistant to the President, VP of Institutional Advancement, Director of Planned Giving and Chief Executive Officer.

Eddie is the Founder and CEO of Thompson & Associates, the nation’s premier charitable estate planning firm. Thompson’s innovative and proven process is engaging organizations and their donors nationwide. The Thompson & Associates’ team, consisting of over 49 attorneys and experienced professionals, help individuals and families plan to pass their assets to their family and to the organizations they support in a manner consistent with their values and objectives. This unique process resulted in the successful completion of estate plans that directed several billion dollars to charities and billions more to families.

Friday, June 18, 2021

Location: TBD


Wayne Herron
Vice President Philanthropy, Palomar Health Foundation

Wayne Herron has served as a professional fundraiser since 1996. During his career, he has worked in education and healthcare, in faith-based and secular environments. He currently serves as Vice President of Philanthropy for Palomar Health in Escondido, California. His specialty is in board and staff team building, and in working with individual principal, major and planned giving donors. He also specializes in community relations and engagement. He is deeply committed to the notion that philanthropy is about “people loving people” and in his work serves to facilitate this understanding through smart, effective charitable giving. He is passionate about growing employees to greatness and has enjoyed leading strong, successful and happy teams. Over the course of his career, Mr. Herron’s teams have raised over $100 million.

Mr. Herron began his career in philanthropy in 1996 at Fuller Theological Seminary as a major gift officer. After a short stay at Occidental College, he moved onto Azusa Pacific University in 2001 where he led their major gifts program. Mr. Herron was recruited to Art Center College of Design in 2007 and served as the head of their development program. After a brief tenure at Marymount High School, in 2013 he transitioned to Glendale Memorial Health Foundation at Dignity Health – Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center. In January 2019, he began a new, broader role serving as Vice President of Philanthropy for Palomar Health leading the System’s fundraising program.

Mark Your Calendars for the Remaining 2021 Events

Friday, August 20, 2021 – Educational Event

Friday, October 15, 2021 – Educational Event

Friday, December 3, 2021 – Annual Meeting