Hometown: Aviston, Ill.
Alma Mater: Southeast Missouri State University (B.S.) and Indiana University (M.A.)
Hobbies: Reading and playing with his kids
Favorite Book: Lean Startup
Favorite Place: Montreal
What he loves most about working at Achieve: “At Achieve there is an opportunity to take ideas and build your expertise – which is not available at most companies.”
Derrick Feldmann is a sought-after speaker, researcher and advisor for cause and corporate social responsibility engagement. He founded Achieve to help causes and companies address their most pressing issues as an advisory, through audience research (internal and external), and with data-driven awareness/fundraising campaigns.
Derrick has worked with organizations such as PBS, United Way Toronto, Action for Healthy Kids, Forbes Fund, Case Foundation and The Chronicle of Philanthropy to help the cause industry understand the next generation donors, activists and employees who are redefining causes.
He is the lead researcher and creator of the Millennial Impact Project, a multi-year study of how the next generation supports causes. The annual Millennial Impact Report is cited regularly by such outlets as Forbes, TIME, Wall Street Journal and Fast Company.
The report launches each year at MCON, a national conference Derrick created and produces that draws speakers from for- and non-profit organizations across the world. MCON explores the question of whether and how organizations are taking advantage of today’s heightened interest in causes to better serve their constituents.
Derrick is a co-author of the book Cause for Change: The Why and How of Nonprofit Millennial Engagement and the upcoming title, CAUSE & Effect: How Social Movements Amassed Viral Participation From a Generation of ‘Do-Gooders.’ He is a regular contributor to Philanthropy News Digest and the Huffington Post IMPACT channel. He is on the Leadership Faculty of the Points of Light Corporate Institute and a guest lecturer for the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University.
Derrick received an undergraduate degree from Southeast Missouri State University and a graduate degree from the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University. He went on to lead national fundraising efforts for The LEAGUE and Learning to Give before founding Achieve in 2008.