Robert Fogal, Ph.D., ACFRE, CAP

Nonprofit leaders and fundraisers seek Bob’s counsel because they respect his experience, value his insight and trust his integrity. Bob has led fundraising for higher education, health care, human services, long-term care, and religious institutions. He is also past director of The Fund Raising School at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University. He currently teaches in the public service and administration department at Villanova University.

He has written frequently for professional publications, including the chapter on fundraising for the first three editions ofThe Jossey-Bass Handbook of Nonprofit Leadership and Management. For several years he contributed regularly to the “Management File” column in Advancing Philanthropy. He is a certified trainer for the Myers Briggs Type Indicator®, which he has applied to philanthropic fundraising as well as all other aspects of nonprofit leadership and management, and which he uses extensively in coaching nonprofit executives.

Bob holds the designations of Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive (ACFRE) and Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy(CAP). He earned a PhD in ethnomusicology and folklore from Indiana University. He is also a minister in the United Church of Christ.


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Achieving Peak Performance: Building Productive Relationships with Donors and Colleagues


In fundraising we can recognize at least two kinds of relationships. One is a functional or transactional relationship that focuses primarily on getting the gift. The content of this kind of relationship typically involves a simple cycle of approach/ask/acknowledge. The other is a philanthropic relationship that broadly engages donors and colleagues to accomplish something important […]