Speaking & Workshops


Bruce DeBoskey, J.D. is an experienced, knowledgeable, entertaining and dynamic speaker available to keynote and lead workshops at your next foundation, association, business or nonprofit event. A former trial lawyer, Regional Director of the Anti-Defamation League’s Mountain States Office, the founder of The DeBoskey Group and nationally-syndicated newspaper columnist On Philanthropy, Bruce has important and cutting edge information about philanthropy to share with your audience.

Topics Include:

  • Where is Your Money Spending the Night? – All investing is impact investing!
  • How to create a “Safe Zone” with Family Philanthropy
  • Aligning Philanthropic Capital for Impact: An integrated approach for creating a better world
  • Philanthropy 101 – How to be an effective, strategic philanthropist
  • Major Gift and Corporate Philanthropy from the Donor’s Perspective
  • Women and Philanthropy -The changing face of giving
  • Corporate Philanthropy – Helping the world and the bottom line
  • How to Improve Employee Engagement through Community Investment
  • Six Steps to Coherent Philanthropy for Families & Individuals
  • Seven Steps to Effective Philanthropy for Corporations
  • The Generational Lens – How different generations view the world…and giving
  • This is Not Your Father’s Philanthropy – How it has changed in the 21st century
  • What will Your Legacy Be? – How philanthropy helps answer the question
  • From Generation to Generation – Involving your children and grandchildren in family giving
  • Rising Gen Philanthropy – Changing the world through younger eyes
  • Maimonides’ Ancient Ladder of Giving – A guide to modern philanthropy

Some reviews of Bruce’s recent keynote presentations:

“Bruce DeBoskey gained the rapt attention of our audiences during his presentations.  His compelling stories and equally compelling messages about the meaning of philanthropy, strengthening families by consistently and meaningfully involving multiple generations of family in philanthropic decision making, and making philanthropy transformational by going deep, not wide, struck a chord with all those who had the privilege of hearing him.”

Howard N. Epstein
Executive DirectorJewish Federation of Omaha Foundation

“After following Bruce’s columns and sharing them with my board members and donors, I invited him to keynote our Annual Dinner. I had high expectations and Bruce met every one. Not only did he challenge our supporters to consider the potential impact of their gifts, he inspired them to be even more thoughtful and strategic impact investors—changing the landscape for our nonprofit community. I highly recommend Bruce as a dynamic and inspiring speaker for your event.”

Melissa Diers
Executive Director, Fremont Area Community Foundation

“Our national annual meeting attendees are still talking about Bruce’s session! His deep knowledge of philanthropy, dynamic presentation and engaging style challenged our participants to think deeply about how to transform communications and relationships with their donors. I highly recommend Bruce as a speaker on philanthropy and look forward to having him return.”

Valerie Pletcher
Director, Station Development Services, Public Broadcasting System (PBS)

“Bruce DeBoskey recently conducted a workshop titled “Tools for Effective Philanthropy for Families and Individuals” for The Summit Foundation.  Workshop participants found Bruce’s presentation to be passionate, engaging and valuable.  He demonstrated excellent current experience and knowledge of the subject and field of philanthropy. The workshop tools he provided were very useful and well received. I highly recommend Bruce’s presentation to any community foundation seeking to engage its donors in meaningful philanthropic planning.  Two thumbs up!”

Lee Zimmerman
Executive Director, The Summit Foundation

“Engaging, Enlightening, Energizing – in just three words it’s easy to summarize Bruce DeBoskey’s presentation ‘Major Gift and Corporate Philanthropy from the Donor’s Perspective.’ Bruce provides a knowledgeable and objective voice – representing the changing world of philanthropy and providing a clear understanding of how fundraisers and major donors can work together to understand and achieve a vision for a better community.

Stacey Saggese
Co-Founder/Development Director, Rocky Mountain MicroFinance Institute