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Doug Wingo

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Thinking he would leave Harvard Divinity School and become an ecumenical college chaplain, instead Doug turned his passion for social justice into a decades-long career in the secular ministry of fundraising. After working on the frontlines of the AIDS epidemic during the darkest years, he founded Wingo NYC in 1996, the year the cocktail brought so many people back to life. He believes fundraising is a critical form of advocacy, a tool for creating community and social and cultural change. Focusing on the roles relationship-building and communication play in successful fundraising, Doug has brought his extensive experience in creating and implementing successful, systematic development and donor communication campaigns designed to increase and diversify income for organizations just getting off the ground and to those that have been around for years.


He is a coach and mentor to board and staff members and regularly leads trainings and courses on fundraising. He is currently a Board member of Hudson Hall and Lifetime Arts. The fundraising studio grew out of his early years as an art major at the College of William and Mary and a teenage proselytizer in the Bible Belt. Doug is living proof that change is possible.

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