Scott Bucko

Scott Bucko

Scott Bucko is a Managing Consultant for American Philanthropic, a consulting firm whose mission is to strengthen civil society by improving the effectiveness of charitable foundations and nonprofit organizations. 

Prior to joining American Philanthropic, he provided institutional leadership as the director of mission advancement for the Newman Center at the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University. He consulted numerous organizations with mission advancement and fundraising in his role at the Catholic Foundation of Greater Philadelphia while also assisting with back office support and major gift strategy for the annual $10 million Catholic Charities Appeal and the annual $3 million St. Charles Borromeo Seminary Appeal. He was proud to be a capital campaign director for CCS Fundraising and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia during its historic $200 million capital and endowment campaign completed in 2010. 

He leverages this varied experience to assist nonprofit leaders to cultivate health in their organizations and to think boldly and wisely in their strategic planning and decision making. He provides counsel in organizational audits, major gifts, capital campaigns, annual appeals, and marketing and communications, always seeking to help his clients to be worthy of philanthropic support.

Scott is always learning and growing, but along the way he has earned a M.Ed. in educational leadership from the University of Virginia, an M.A. in Christian studies from Regent College at the University of British Columbia, and a B.S. in agricultural and applied economics from Virginia Tech. 

He lives with his wife and children in Philadelphia.


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