Chad Barger, CFRE

Chad Barger [BAR-jur] is a sought after nonprofit fundraising strategist, trainer and coach.

Chad is a solopreneur and founder of the firm Productive Fundraising, a fundraising coaching and training practice, specializing in improving donor retention and board engagement at small community-based nonprofit organizations.

He is better known to many as @fundraiserchad, a trusted guide to the fundraising tactics and products that are working today, through the free fundraising tips on his website and email list. Chad also hosts a monthly free webinar series where he shares current fundraising best practices.

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 and 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 $35 million dollars for the charities that he’s had the honor of serving.

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 on AFP’s Professional Development Committee at the international level and is the ringmaster of the #afpeeps show (social media training) at #afpicon (the AFP International Conference). Chad has contributed to Advancing Philanthropy and been interviewed for the Chronicle of Philanthropy, the two leading publications in the field.  He earned his Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credential, the first globally-recognized credential for fundraising professionals, in 2007.  Chad is the 2018 recipient of the Central Penn Business Journal’s Nonprofit Leadership Excellence Award.

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 helping nonprofits write optimized fundraising plans, training nonprofit boards of directors or leading fundraising coaching calls, Chad is typically spending quality time with his family, serving as a scout leader with Cub Scout Pack 279, searching for the world’s greatest double IPA, cheering the Steelers on to their seventh ring, hiking in the woods, or playing trombone with No Last Call, Harrisburg’s hit-and-run street band.