Appreciative Philanthropy

Philanthropy is the noblest of professions when practiced nobly. Our work entails taking important walks with benefactors as they write their moral biographies. At its essence we are invited into philanthropists’ lives, their “inner landscapes,” core values and their highest hopes, as they consider investments for the benefit of others, communities and indeed the planet itself. This important work requires a refocusing on the “why we do the work we do”, a paradigm shift based more upon qualitative relationship-based metrics rather than merely quantitative metrics such as dollars raised in the context of a 12 month calendar. We were born to do this work, and that is precisely why Appreciative Philanthropy was founded. Join us in this new philanthropic renaissance.

We are very excited ...

to announce that as of 3/1/2020, Appreciative Philanthropy, LLC will be working in strategic collaboration and partnership with Advancement Resources, Inc., (, a global leader in research-based professional education, implementation services, strategic events, and breakthrough thinking in philanthropy.


Advancement Resources is a values-based organization that aligns well with our mission and vision. They have the technical skills and platforms to allow us to better serve you and other nonprofit organizations. This collaboration dates back about 20 years working with the founder and now his son who is Advancement Resources’ president and CEO. Inquiry driven, benefactor-centric, relationship-based.  Same great team, Scott and Jim, more great resources to serve you as we shift the industry together!

Widsom on the Fly: Advice from Jim Hodge during these challenging times

Philanthropy: A Whole Lot of Shift Needs to Happen

A TED Talk by Jim Hodge



Changing Hearts and Changing Minds: Inspiring Principal Giving 

March 7–9, 2023

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What we offer

  • Consulting

    From ideation and strategy to compelling proposal design and benefactor engagement tactics.

  • Coaching

    Coaching and mentoring of institutional leaders new to philanthropy and fundraising.

  • Training

    Train the Trainer offerings in the art of ideation. How to create big compelling ideas that attract gifts of significance for your organizations.


  • "First, I want to thank you and Scott for the incredible 2 day conference.  It really had a big impact on me and as I have told many of my friends it was life changing."

    - Mary Randall

  • "That was absolutely the most profound and valuable seminar that I have ever attended in my nearly 50 years in the trenches in sales and now in development. Count me as one of many in your fan club!"

    - Bill Winn

  • "It was an honor to be part of your first conference, and be in a room full of such engaging and thoughtful professionals.   Thank you for all you do for our profession and the people we are privileged to serve."

    - Amy Keller