Chad’s Bio

Chad Barger is a fundraising coach, productivity guru and vlogger.  Chad teaches charities how to optimize their fundraising, so they can focus on changing the world.  He is the founder and managing director of the firm Productive Fundraising which focuses on implementing simple, effective fundraising systems as well as strategies to strengthen nonprofit boards of directors.

Chad is a self-proclaimed “productivity guru” and “systems guy.”  He works with his clients to implement simple processes and procedures that produce big results, when done consistently.  In his work, Chad always examines personal productivity techniques and how they impact performance.  He has leveraged this to establish a national reputation as a fundraising productivity expert and maintains a thriving coaching practice (in both fundraising for nonprofits and personal productivity for business executives).

As a “reformed band geek,” Chad loves the stage and the camera.  He fulfills this passion as an active vlogger.  Several times a week he shares practical fundraising and personal productivity tips in a fun, video format.  These vlogs appear on social media and then are compiled into Productive Fundraising’s popular weekly email newsletter, The Productive Fundraising Weekly Journey.

Chad has spent his entire career as a fundraiser. He has worked in large shops and small in a variety of sectors (higher education, social services & the arts). He has built fundraising programs from the ground up, rebuilt fundraising programs back to their former glory and taken stagnant organizations to the next level. Most recently, Chad served as the executive director of the Cultural Enrichment Fund (Harrisburg, PA) for a decade.  The campaigns that he has worked on have raised in excess of $33 million dollars for the charities that he’s had the honor of serving.  He is the 2018 recipient of the Central Penn Business Journal’s Nonprofit Leadership Excellence Award.

As a Master Trainer for the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Chad is a frequent presenter at nonprofit conferences.  Chad serves as an Adjunct Instructor at Messiah College, teaching their fundraising course.  He is an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), and is immediate past president of the Central Pennsylvania Chapter.  He also serves as a volunteer for AFP’s Center for Fundraising Innovation on the international level. He earned his Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credential, the first globally-recognized credential for fundraising professionals, in 2007, and is currently pursuing is Advanced Certified Fund Raising Executive (ACFRE) credential.

Chad is a graduate of Slippery Rock University (SRU) where he got his fundraising start as a student phone-a-thon caller.  At SRU, Chad served as an AmeriCorps member leading fellow students on community service trips across the country, which shifted his career focus to the charitable sector.  He currently serves on SRU’s Philanthropy and Nonprofit Program Advisory Council.

When not teaching charities how to fundraise more efficiently or business executives to improve their personal productivity, Chad is typically spending quality time with his family, serving as quartermaster for Cub Scout Pack 279, searching for the world’s greatest IPA, cheering the Steelers on to their seventh ring, going for a ruck (getting in a workout by hiking with a heavy pack on his back), or playing trombone with No Last Call, Harrisburg’s hit-and-run street band.