About Henry Freeman, M. Div., Ph. D.
During his 35 year career Henry has served on more than two dozen governing boards; taught non-profit management at both the graduate and undergraduate levels; and worked with more than 150 organizations and educational institutions ranging from small non-profits with no development staff to some of the largest non-profit organizations in the country.
A frequent guest speaker both regionally and nationally, Henry specializes in the areas of fundraising, non-profit board development and training, leadership development, major gifts, and capital campaign planning and implementation. He is the author of two books and a 5-dvd, six-hour video library of best fundraising practices. A third book, What Every Non-Profit Leader Needs to Know About Fundraising, is scheduled for publication in the Fall of 2016.
Immediately prior to establishing his consulting firm in 1993, Henry served for six years as Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Earlham College, a Quaker liberal arts college in Richmond, Indiana.. The primary focus of his work as Vice President was the planning and implementation of a $37 million capital campaign and oversight of all fundraising, marketing, and communications activities for the College.
Prior to his tenure as vice president at Earlham, Henry served as a Director of Major Gifts at The University of Michigan where his primary responsibility was the identification, cultivation, and solicitation of gifts of $100,000 or more for what was at the time one of the largest public university campaigns in the country.
Henry began his management and fundraising career at Yale University where he served as Executive Director of Dwight Hall, the center for community outreach and volunteer services at Yale. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Wofford College in South Carolina, he also holds a Masters of Divinity degree from Yale and the Ph.D. in higher education administration from The University of Michigan.
When not travelling 100-125 days per year for speaking engagements and work with clients, Henry lives with his wife, Sandy, at their home in Richmond, Indiana.
A father of four and grandfather of six (ages 3-10) one of Henry’s greatest joys is his role as “co-founder” with his nine-year old granddaughter of Addison and Grandpa’s Tomatoes–a micro-agricultural enterprise (twelve tomato plants!) that sells fresh homegrown tomatoes each July and August at a small-town Farmers Market.
Invite Henry to Speak
Henry is a frequent guest speaker and specialist in the areas of fundraising and non-profit management, board training, motivation, leadership and organizational development. With each presentation geared to the needs of a specific audience, topics often blend joyful and (at times) tearful stories grounded in lessons to be learned about what motivates people to succeed in their shared journey toward successful outcomes and what really matters in life.
All inquiries are welcome.
Founded in 1993, our roots are grounded in the decision of Henry Freeman, then a vice president at a nationally ranked Quaker liberal arts college, to leave academia to take on responsibility for the education of 200 poor and orphaned children in El Salvador – a country he has visited over 25 times since his initial trip in 1986.
This unique career path—which combined a 20-year career in higher education at Earlham College, The University of Michigan, and Yale with work among the world’s poor – is reflected both in the values of our consulting firm and the values of many of the clients we serve.
Henry Freeman and Henri J. M. Nouwen, Honorary Doctorate Award Ceremony at Earlham College, January 29, 1992.
“Henri Nouwen was more than a mentor, friend and colleague during our time together at Yale. He is the person who opened my eyes to a new and much deeper understanding of what it means to genuinely and authentically connect and be present with another human being.” – Henry B. Freeman