Joe Matassino

Director of Sponsored Research and Foundation Relations, Widener University

"Smaller nonprofits need to redefine what it means to be a philanthropist. 

They need to be provided with the confidence and resources to take advantage of new fundraising strategies to target younger, nontraditional donors. I’m hoping that through my participation on the panel we will consider this issue and offer solutions for this segment of our nonprofit community."

My sole purpose in working for the nonprofit sector has been to leave a permanent, visible impact on our world. I like to think I am changing our world through philanthropy. I am a results minded nonprofit leader with 20 years of notable achievements in all areas of fundraising and public relations. Over the past couple of years, I began exploring global philanthropy, and sharing my fundraising knowledge with organizations and nations whose culture of giving is still developing. To that end, I present locally and abroad on issues related to fundraising, and I am particularly interested in introducing younger generations to the concept of philanthropy. I am also a proud contributor to, an all volunteer crowdblog managed by fundraisers for fundraisers, and author of the survey "How Philanthropic Are Fundraisers?"

Rogare involvement

Special interest groups

  • Public engagement
  • Innovation
  • Fundraising profession