Bio – Chad Barger, CFRE

Chad Barger [BAR-jur] teaches small, but mighty, charities to fundraise more effectively.  He is a sought after nonprofit fundraising consultant, speaker and coach.

Chad is the chief strategist and owner of the firm Productive Fundraising. The firm specializes in optimizing fundraising communications, engaging boards in fundraising, unique & profitable fundraising events and creative stewardship programs designed to boost donor retention.

He is better known to many as fundraiserchad, a trusted online guide to the fundraising tactics and tools that are working today.  Every week, Chad shares actionable nonprofit fundraising tips and free resources via his popular email list.  His website,, hosts one of the most comprehensive free fundraising resource libraries for small nonprofits.

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.  The campaigns that he has worked on have raised in excess of $45 million dollars for the charities that he’s had the honor of serving.

Chad serves as an Adjunct Instructor at both Temple University and Messiah College, teaching their fundraising courses.  As a Master Trainer for the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Chad is a frequent keynote and workshop presenter at nonprofit conferences.  He is an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), and is a past president of the Central Pennsylvania Chapter.  He also serves on AFP’s Content Advisory Committee at the international level and is the ringmaster of #AFPeeps U (social media training) at #AFPICON (the AFP International Conference). Chad is a regular columnist for Advancing Philanthropy and has 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 also a Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP).  He 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 nonprofit sector.  He currently serves on SRU’s Philanthropy and Nonprofit Program Advisory Council.

When he’s not training a nonprofit board of directors to be better fundraisers or conducting a fundraising coaching call, Chad is typically spending quality time with his family, serving as a scout leader, cheering the Steelers on to their seventh ring or taking a long hike in the woods.

Short Bio

Chad Barger is a Central Pennsylvania-based fundraising consultant and speaker and who shares actionable nonprofit fundraising tips and free resources at