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Bruce Bigelow

Dr. Bruce Bigelow is a founding partner of Charitable Development Consulting, a firm that offers targeted advice to nonprofit organizations on a variety of fundraising issues. Until 2003, he served as the Senior Vice President for Development at Hood College, where he was responsible for all the college's outreach efforts, including development, public relations, alumnae affairs, and community affairs. Previously, Bruce served as Associate Vice President for Development at Gettysburg College and as Director of Major and Planned Giving, also at Gettysburg.


He served for three years on the Board of Directors of the National Committee on Planned Giving, now the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners (NCGP). He has chaired the national task force on planned giving research for NCGP, the Committee on International Outreach, and the Task Force on Counting and Reporting Gifts. He currently is a member of the CGP Task Force on Metrics for Planned Giving Officers and Programs. In 1992 he chaired the national NCGP Annual Conference. Bruce is a founding member and past President of the Chesapeake Planned Giving Council in Baltimore and is a member of both the Planned Giving Council of Greater Washington and the CANARAS Group.


He was on the editorial board of the Journal of Gift Planning and is currently on the editorial board of Planned Giving Today. He has written extensively in the field of planned giving and has presented a number of papers at a variety of development seminars and conferences. He holds a B.A. from the College of Wooster in History and Mathematics and an M.A. and Ph.D. in East European History from the University of Chicago. Prior to entering the fundraising field, he taught history at Denison University, where he also chaired the college’s Simulation Center.

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