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Cherian Koshy CFRE

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Director of development

Des Moines Performing Arts



Cherian Koshy is an internationally recognised expert in philanthropy and the nonprofit sector. He works with hundreds of nonprofits each year to help them solve their most intractable problems. His industry-leading thought leadership has been featured in Advancing PhilanthropyChronicle of Philanthropy, the Institute of Fundraising (UK), and dozens of blogs, webinars, and podcasts. With more than 20 years of experience, he is one of the most sought-after trainers – he is an AFP Master Trainer – and speakers in the nonprofit sector, including presenting at the AFP International Conference every year since 2015.


In addition to front-line fundraising, he currently serves on 10 boards or commissions at local, state, and national/international levels including the Association of Fundraising Professionals International board. As a coach and consultant, he helps struggling nonprofit leaders find strategies that give them back time and develop sustainable revenue.

Areas of interest

  • Ethics

  • The fundraising profession

  • Professional practice

  • Fundraising during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Rogare involvement

  • Council Member 2020 to date

    • Metrics and Measurement Group

    • Dversity working group (Membership Group).

  • Co-author – Rogare Critical Thinking Guide

  • Project leader – Professionalisation of Fundraising

  • Project team member – Critical Fundraising (USA) Report

    • Author: Tax reform and what it means for charitable giving

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