Carter Skeel

Carter Skeel

Carter Skeel works at American Philanthropic, a consulting firm whose mission is to strengthen civil society by improving the effectiveness of charitable foundations and nonprofit organizations. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied philosophy, and he held a fellowship at the John Jay Institute. Carter has worked with Ken Myers at Mars Hill Audio in Charlottesville, VA, and now lives in West Chester, PA.

A primer on thinking through fundraising events

Too frequently nonprofit organizations rush—enthusiastically and blindly—into a fundraising event after fundraising event. Avoid wasted time and funds by reflecting on their value and, if you do host one, preparing adequately.

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Christmas in September: why your year-end campaign starts now

Last Thursday, American Philanthropic and Philanthropy Daily convened fundraisers and nonprofit leaders in Philadelphia for an evening conversation on end-of-year fundraising. Here is a summary of the conversation.


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Toward a Protestant conception of charity

Protestants and Catholics agree that charity is needful—but theological differences underlie the reasons for charity.

2 things to avoid when communicating with millennials

These 2 “don’ts” can be summarized in one “do:” Treat your younger donors the way you treat everyone else.


How to launch planned giving at your nonprofit

Six things you must do in order to start a successful planned giving program at your nonprofit.