Adapting Your Plan to Nonprofit Leadership (Bob Carter)

April 2021

Are you open to new opportunities along the path to nonprofit leadership?  None of us know exactly where our journey will take us, but advice from Bob Carter, the guest on episode #95 of the Path Podcast, will certainly help.  Bob brings four decades of leadership experience in the charitable sector, and leads one of the top philanthropic consulting practices in the world at Carter Global.  He shares many of the lessons he's learned along the way, including specific resources on fundraising and board development, as well as advice he remembers from many of the "accidental mentors" he encountered along the way. Bob is also a great champion for life-long learning, and it will be hard not to work on your professional development plan once you've finished listening to his ideas and suggestions!

"Good leaders live for moments like this.  They have tested their team, and the power comes from letting them lead as well."


Bob Carter is one of the world's most respected, experienced and recognized experts in the areas of Institutional Strategy and Philanthropy. During the past four decades, Bob has helped strengthen a variety of organizations throughout the world by helping them overcome challenges and capitalize on opportunities to be successful. Bob and his colleagues concentrate on building dynamic teams to deliver specific services that meet the unique needs of charities and donors. His service as member and chair of numerous not-for-profit boards lends firsthand experience to his governance counsel. Bob established Bob Carter Companies in 2011 and currently serves as the Chairman under the new Carter brand. Prior to forming the Bob Carter Companies, Bob spent three years as a Senior Advisor for Changing Our World and Omnicom Nonprofit Group. Before this, Bob spent 26 years with Ketchum, one of America's largest fundraising consulting companies. The last 15 years with Ketchum, Bob was the President & CEO. Prior to joining Ketchum in 1981, Mr. Carter served as Vice President for University Relations at The Catholic University of America; Director of Development for Arts and Sciences and Engineering, and Associate Director of Annual Giving at The Johns Hopkins University; Assistant to the Headmaster at the Gilman School in Baltimore; and both taught and organized the development office at The Boys' Latin School in Baltimore. He has decades of experience in development and capital/endowment campaigning.