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

Media to Recognize Potential Donors’

Fundraising 101: Use the Media to Recognize Potential Donors’ Good Works

December 13, 2018

Keeping up with the media – all forms – is vital for the fundraiser. There are a number of outlets where your potential donors might be mentioned, or might be seen on social media tied to big events. The social pages of the newspaper report on charity events frequently – and those who attend. Pay …

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Fundraising 101: Remembering Donors at Holidays With Tasty Gifts

November 5, 2018

Everyone sends a Christmas card or Christmas gift (or should!). Do something unique to make your remembrance stand out. Examples: A gourmet cake from a quality baker such as *Brenda Starr’s Gourmet Goodies, with a note delivered on December 31 that says, “May your New Year be as sweet as this cake!” Pumpkin cake or …

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Random Act of Generosity – from a Billionaire

Random Act of Generosity – from a Billionaire

October 26, 2018

Bill Koch doesn’t need lottery winnings – his last name should seal that deal. But a local newspaper reported he was standing in line for the recent MegaMillions lottery drawing for a $1.6 billion prize at a West Palm Beach convenience store. Seems he was buying the maximum number of tickets. That’s 400 – or …

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