Building Toward the Future


A New Day for Gift Planning

Dr. Bruce Bigelow

Founding Partner, Charitable Development Consulting

Dr. Bruce Bigelow is a founding partner of Charitable Development Consulting, a firm that specializes in helping nonprofits increase gifts through a variety of giving vehicle and instruments. With a BA from the College of Wooster and an MA and PhD from the University of Chicago, Dr. Bruce Bigelow has been a leader of the development community for over 30 years, serving in front line positions at two independent liberal arts colleges and helping to mold the gift planning profession from its inception in the mid-80s. As a member of the first national planned giving governing board, the first chair of the research committee and chair of one of the organization's early national conferences, Dr. Bigelow also was instrumental in developing the profession's code of ethics (now almost universally adopted), its international outreach, and, more recently, the national guidelines for counting gifts in campaigns. He currently serves as a member of the task force on standards for measuring and evaluating gift planning programs and gift officers.