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Nicholas King
Editor

Nicholas King has served as editor of Corporate Philanthropy Report since 2007, and he continues to be impressed with the philanthropic efforts of the nation’s business sector.

Drawing on an educational background in English and environmental policy, Nicholas began his journalism career in 2000 when he was brought on as editor of Environmental Laboratory Washington Report, a niche-market subscription-based newsletter serving the environmental testing industry. After seven years of honing his craft, Nicholas expanded his writing/editing portfolio to an entirely new field of interest - corporate philanthropy. As editor of Corporate Philanthropy Report, he stays abreast of the latest developments affecting corporate giving—and the charitable/nonprofit sector more broadly—providing his readers the “need to know” information vital for making the best use of their limited charitable dollars.

Nicholas attended Humboldt State University in Northern California, where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in English. After a brief stint overseas teaching English as a second language in South Korea, he returned to graduate school at Oregon State University, where he studied environmental policy.

Advisory Panel

Dwight F. Burlingame
Director of Academic Programs
Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University

Dwight F. Burlingame, Ph.D., is Director of Academic Programs, Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, and Professor of  Philanthropic Studies and Public Affairs.

He holds degrees from Moorhead State University, the University of Illinois and Florida State University.  He received the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credential in 1989.  He is an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Research Council and of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA ).   He  completed a 6-year term in 2010 as an editor of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly(NVSQ), the official journal of ARNOVA.  He also is co-editor of the Philanthropic and Nonprofit Studies book series for the Indiana University Press.

Dr. Burlingame has authored and co-authored ten books, more than 50 articles and more than 100 book reviews.  He is the editor of Philanthropy in America: A Comprehensive Historical Encyclopaedia published in 3 volumes by Clio Press, 2004. Other works include :  a chapter on “Corporate Giving and Fundraising”  in Fundraising Principles and Practice, Jossey-Bass, 2010, “Nonprofit and Philanthropic Studies Education:  The Need to Emphasize Leadership and Liberal Arts,” Journal of Public Affairs Education v. 15, No. 1 (winter 2009), 59-68, a chapter in The Nonprofit Handbook, 3rd ed. Wiley, 2001; Critical Issues in Fund Raising, ed. Wiley, 1997,  Corporate Philanthropy at the Crossroads, 1996, co-authored with Dennis Young, available from Indiana University Press.

Dr. Burlingame is active in the nonprofit community as a board member and volunteer, a frequent speaker, consultant, and author on topics relating to philanthropy, corporate citizenship,  nonprofit organizations, libraries, and development.

Karen Davis
Vice President of Community Relations
Hasbro, Inc.

Karen Davis is responsible for the global philanthropic programs of Hasbro, Inc., including grantmaking, product donations, employee volunteer programs, cause related marketing, and strategic philanthropic relationships. Through these programs Hasbro annually helps over four million children in need worldwide.  Ms. Davis has established multi year partnerships to deepen the impact of Hasbro’s support.  Hasbro has been recognized by the Committee to Encourage Corporate Philanthropy as a leader in philanthropic giving.  Currently Ms. Davis is managing the company’s PEPFAR commitment to the “HIV Free Generation” initiative as well as Project ZAMBI which w benefits AIDS orphans programs in Africa.  

Ms. Davis currently serves as the chair emeritus of the Association of Corporate Contribution Professionals. She is also involved in World Vision’s Women’s Leadership Initiative for Africa.  Ms. Davis serves as the past president of the Grantmakers Council of Rhode Island.  She is a founding member of the Rhode Island Women Ending Hunger program at the RI Community Food Bank and is the immediate past board chair of City Year Rhode Island.  She serves on a number of other non-profit advisory councils, development and event committees.

Ms. Davis holds an M.A. and a B.S. degree from the University of Rhode Island and a certificate from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.  She is a graduate of Leadership Rhode Island.

In 2007 was inducted into the University of Rhode Island College of Business Hall of Fame.  In 2008 she was selected as the Retailing Today Humanitarian of the Year and as the U.S. Marine’s Parade Honoree in Washington, D.C.   She is married and has two children.
Curt Weedon
President
Business & Nonprofit Strategies, Inc.

Curt Weeden is recognized as one of the nation's leading experts in the philanthropy and social responsibility fields.

Book of Nathan, Weeden's debut novel (written with Richard Marek), has received wide acclaim, as have his earlier non-fiction books, which include Corporate Social Investing (with introductions by the late Paul Newman and investment guru Peter Lynch) and How Women Can Beat Terrorism (Quadrafoil Press).

Smart Giving Is Good Business will be released by Jossey-Bass in February 2011. The book includes a breakthrough formula for corporations to use to calculate their annual philanthropy budgets.

Weeden is currently president of Business & Nonprofit Strategies, Inc., a consulting group providing management guidance to some of the nation's largest corporations.

Weeden founded and was CEO of the Association of Corporate Contributions Professionals, the national professional organization for corporate contributions, community relations and employee volunteer managers.

Weeden served as vice president for Johnson & Johnson and was responsible for that corporation’s cash and product contributions program. Prior to joining J&J, he headed a consulting firm that provided external relations and merger/acquisition services to businesses including Bank of America, General Motors, Merck and Xerox.

Weeden and his wife live in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.

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    Nicholas King
    Editor

    Nicholas King has served as editor of Corporate Philanthropy Report since 2007, and he continues to be impressed with the philanthropic efforts of the nation’s business sector.

    Drawing on an educational background in English and environmental policy, Nicholas began his journalism career in 2000 when he was brought on as editor of Environmental Laboratory Washington Report, a niche-market subscription-based newsletter serving the environmental testing industry. After seven years of honing his craft, Nicholas expanded his writing/editing portfolio to an entirely new field of interest - corporate philanthropy. As editor of Corporate Philanthropy Report, he stays abreast of the latest developments affecting corporate giving—and the charitable/nonprofit sector more broadly—providing his readers the “need to know” information vital for making the best use of their limited charitable dollars.

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