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Derrick Feldmann is an internationally sought-after speaker, researcher and advisor for cause engagement. He is a recognized leader and expert in helping organizations and corporations better understand the next generation of donors, activists and employees who are redefining causes, and he is the lead researcher and creator of The Millennial Impact Project.


Cause for Change

This is a primer for connecting with this digital generation. Based on his years of research for the Millennial Impact Project, Derrick’s presentation will truly transform your thinking about how and why those in their 20s and 30s participate in cause work – and how to involve them in yours.

The Future of Fundraising

Derrick explores how individuals think, act and give to causes today and what the future holds in this new era of impulse giving. This speech will have you rethinking your organization’s messages and how you build your next cadre of donors and supporters.

The Next Gen Work Culture

Millennial employees are transforming how companies offer cause work to employees. In this thought-provoking speech, Derrick discusses research-based discoveries on how Millennials want to integrate their cause interests into their professional lives.

Millennials in the Workplace

What Millennials seek from work differs significantly from previous generations. Derrick will share research and tried-and-true methods on how companies can engage young adults in the workplace through causes that enhance company culture and leadership.

Derrick’s Bio

Derrick Feldmann is a sought-after speaker, researcher and advisor for cause and corporate social responsibility engagement. He has worked with organizations such as PBS, United Way Toronto, Action for Healthy Kids, Forbes Fund, Case Foundation and The Chronicle of Philanthropy to 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 more than 15,000 attendees online and hundreds in person 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 build movements. Derrick also is president of Achieve, a creative research and campaigns agency based in Indianapolis and West Palm Beach. Derrick 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 is a co-author of the book Cause for Change: The Why and How of Nonprofit Millennial Engagement and the upcoming title, Social Movements for Good. Derrick 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.

Cause for Change

With Cause for Change, Derrick Feldmann and Kari Dunn Saratovsky created a much-needed guide for causes to engage Millennials (age 20-32) as constituents, volunteers, donors and employees. At the heart of this research-based book is the Millennial Engagement Platform, an action-based rubric that outlines how your organization must realign and reorganize to respond to this rapidly growing cohort. Cause for Change:

  • Examines how Millennials communicate, volunteer, take action, influence their peers and choose to give their time and money.
  • Explains how Millennials view their role in the workplace and how their ideas are already reshaping nonprofit culture from within.
  • Profiles Millennials-turned-dynamic leaders who have created and managed movements.

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