About Chad, CFRE, Productive Fundraising
Chad Barger is a fundraising growth strategist and self-proclaimed “productivity geek.” He specializes in teaching charities to raise more money, by working smarter, not harder. He is Principal of the fundraising consulting firm Productive Fundraising, which serves Pennsylvania-based charities primarily in the Harrisburg, Lancaster, York, Gettysburg, Chambersburg, Reading & State College markets.
Chad is a “systems guy.” He works with this clients to implement processes and procedures that produce big results, when done consistently. He has leveraged this to establish a national reputation as a fundraising productivity expert and maintains a thriving coaching practice. He publishes a popular weekly email newsletter, The Productive Fundraising Weekly Journey, which provides fundraising tips, free resources, and the best fundraising articles from around the web. Chad frequently speaks at regional, state and national conferences. He is a Master Trainer for the Association of Fundraising Professionals and is a contributor to their industry-leading magazine, Advancing Philanthropy.
He is also a passionate arts advocate and raises vital support for the arts in his community through the Cultural Enrichment Fund (Harrisburg, PA). He splits his time between serving as a fundraising practitioner and a fundraising consultant. This allows him to bring fresh, real world, tested recommendations to his consulting clients.
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 & 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 $30 million dollars for the charities that he’s had the honor of serving.
Chad is an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), and is immediate past president of the Central Pennsylvania Chapter. He also serves on the Center for Fundraising Innovation Lab Committee for AFP International. He earned his Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credential, the first globally-recognized credential for fundraising professionals, in 2007. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organization‘s (PANO) Consultant Collaborative.
He is a graduate of Slippery Rock University 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 charitable sector. He currently serves on SRU’s Philanthropy and Nonprofit Program Advisory Council.
When not teaching charities how to fundraise more efficiently or raising dollars for the arts in Harrisburg, Chad is typically spending quality time with his family, cooking for Cub Scout Pack 279, duffing his way around the golf course, searching for the world’s greatest IPA, cheering the Steelers on to their seventh ring, or playing trombone with No Last Call, Harrisburg’s hit-and-run street band.