Don Kligerman

Senior Fellow; President & Partner, Fairmount Ventures

Don’s in-depth expertise in strategic planning and resource development for nonprofits enables Fairmount’s clients to reposition themselves in times of significant change.  He’s also the resident authority on evaluating and brokering nonprofit mergers and affiliations. His encyclopedic knowledge of the Philadelphia region combined with his extensive mental rolodex make him a great connector of people and ideas in the nonprofit sector. He is a frequent facilitator and presenter at conferences and retreats for fundraising and nonprofit professionals as well as nonprofit boards of directors.

Prior to founding Fairmount, Don was Philadelphia’s Commissioner of Licenses and Inspections, Deputy Managing Director and Manager of Housing Rehabilitation Programs. He is the past Board Chair of Philadelphia Corporation for Aging, past President of Philadelphia Parks Alliance and has served on innumerable boards to include Philadelphia’s Zoning Board of Adjustment, The Reinvestment Fund, Women’s Way, and the Lower Merion Conservancy, among others. He currently serves on the Board of Directors at the Community College of Philadelphia Foundation.

Don earned a Master’s degree in City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Brandeis University. He also spent a year studying Urban Design from some of Great Britain’s renowned planners at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

An avid cyclist, he is happier on a bicycle seat climbing a hill than behind a desk pounding a keyboard, but manages to balance the two.

Courses Taught

Instructor: Don Kligerman
Course Section: 001
On-Campus Day(s): Thursday
On-Campus Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Course Description:

Three nonprofit leaders walk into a bar. What's the conversation? Across fields, focuses, sizes, and target audiences, nonprofits often face similar challenges. Public policy changes, evolving stakeholder expectations, new modalities to service requiring investment, rising competition, fickle funders, and demographic shifts, all occur in a world where culture eats strategy for breakfast. Against this backdrop, nonprofits consistently need to re-assess their mission, approach, position, organizational structure and revenue model. Why are some organizations able to pivot and reinvent themselves while others languish?  Through readings to frame the issues, speakers offering firsthand accounts of successes and disappointments, projects with practitioners wrestling with real-time issues, and group discussions to tie it all together, this course is intended to provide students with an intellectual construct, ideas, and experience to enter and advance in the field and be part of important conversations.

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Contact Information

Fels Institute of Government
University of Pennsylvania
3814 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Phone: (215) 898-2600
Fax: (215) 746-2829