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.

ben starling III

Latest Blog Posts

Ask for Help Handling Administrative Baggage

Ask for Help Handling Administrative Baggage

February 5, 2019

Here’s an unfortunately common scenario: A small, reborn nonprofit has had its ups and downs made public.  The new administration is great, however, and on the right path to solid goals while rebuilding the reputation of the organization. Still, some donors are concerned about supporting a scholarship endowment or other future fundraising efforts because of …

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Valentines Day

Valentine’s Day

February 4, 2019

February 14th has come to symbolize love, care and blessings in America — which makes for the perfect holiday to strategically cultivate and steward key donors and prospects. Several weeks ago, I made a list of my former donors with whom I wish to remain connected. Many will probably not be receiving anything on Valentine’s …

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donor agenda

Fundraising 101 – Get on the Donor’s Agenda

December 13, 2018

Major gift fundraising is all about long-term relationships. You’re asking a donor to commit to giving more than once – usually over a long period of time, and possibly in perpetuity. Get to know them personally, and sincerely, and plan on maintaining the friendship. Fake friendships are transparent and mentally dismissed. As you would a …

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