Southern Philanthropy, founded by longtime Palm Beach-area fundraiser Ben Starling, offers custom-tailored fundraising services for profit, nonprofit organizations, and philanthropists.


Our philanthropic advancement model employs a high-touch, relationship-based approach steeped in hospitality and custom-tailored to the major donor. Long-term major gift fundraising is key to any organization and is only successful when built upon a solid operational foundation.


We contracted with Southern Philanthropy because of Ben Starling's track record. Ben and his team put together an in-depth analysis of our total offerings. The finished report helped transform our organization and realize a substantial increase in additional revenue.

Paul Martinelli
The John Maxwell Team


Ben’s founding of Southern Philanthropy in 2015 was the result of a decade of calls and inquiries requesting guidance from fundraisers and philanthropists. His advice was solid, with gut-level honesty. Ben became known for his willingness to help any organization, and then send a written report with practical, actionable steps to success.

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Pastors, Clergy, Ministry Leaders are people, too

Pastors, Clergy, Ministry Leaders Are People, Too

October 17, 2019

Autumn brings harvests, and times of thanks for many blessings. October is set aside to thank those who minister to us — those working to lead and aid ministries. Because we so often lean on them in their jobs, those in the ministry are often overlooked when it’s time for recognition. It’s part of their …

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Final Morehouse Students Gifted Loans

August 26, 2019

Changing lives — isn’t that what philanthropy is ultimately about? Billionaire Robert F. Smith did just that in June at a commencement speech at Morehouse College. To the surprise of everyone in attendance, he announced he’d be paying off the student loans for every 2019 graduating senior at the private black men’s college in Atlanta, …

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Best Donor Gifts Can Be Spontaneous – And Small

August 13, 2019

Staying in touch with donors, letting them know you’re thinking of them, is part of major gift fundraising. Anyone can send out the organizational swag, but personalizing a gift is always the better way to go. This doesn’t mean an engraved silver box — though there’s nothing wrong with that. The gift can be small, …

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My goal is to guide and direct you so that you and your organization will meet or exceed your goal.