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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Latest Blog Posts

Building Trust

Building Trust Between the Donor and Organization

March 8, 2019

Building trust is simply building a relationship that is founded on honesty and sincerity as well as transparency. Small measures over time reveal whom you are, and build that trust that encourages the interaction of the donor. These are some tried and true ways to build trust: Listen. Engage the donor in conversation that helps …

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Rebuilding reputations

Rebuilding reputations when an organization is compromised

March 5, 2019

It can be troublesome when an organization is compromised in some way that taints its reputation. There is wariness from donors as well as others who are now putting the group under a microscope. Getting out of the maelstrom requires solid leadership that trickles down to the lowest volunteer. Still, as someone once said, “A …

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beginner fundraiser’s enthusiasm

Channel – Don’t Curb – Beginner Fundraiser’s Enthusiasm

February 6, 2019

New faces with fresh ideas can be a tremendous resource and refreshing to a nonprofit’s staff of fundraisers.  Enthusiasm is a great morale booster across the board, but channeling a newcomer’s energy is key to ensure the mission’s course and staying within the campaign’s focus. Mentoring the beginner Mentorship for the beginner fundraiser is vitally …

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