chad’s bio

Chad Barger is a nonprofit fundraising consultant and board trainer.  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.  Productive Fundraising offers campaign guidance, fundraising coaching, strategy assessments, and training at both the staff and board level.

Chad is a self-proclaimed “productivity geek” and “systems guy.”  He works with his clients to implement simple processes and procedures that produce big results, when done consistently.  He has leveraged this to establish a national reputation as a fundraising productivity expert and maintains a thriving coaching practice.  He publishes a popular we

ekly email newsletter, The Productive Fundraising Weekly Journey, which provides one video tip, free resource or blog article every week.  As a Master Trainer for the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Chad is a frequent presenter at nonprofit conferences.  He is also a passionate arts advocate and raises vital support for the arts in his community through the Cultural Enrichment Fund (Harrisburg, PA).

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. 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.

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 raising dollars for the arts in Harrisburg, 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, playing trombone with No Last Call, Harrisburg’s hit-and-run street band, or rucking (getting in a workout by hiking with a heavy pack on his back).