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

Gifts for Donors

Get Creative with Gifts for Donors

October 18, 2018

Gifts for donors on special occasions can become trite, especially when everyone is gifting the same things. They also can be expensive. Flowers are nice, of course, and always appropriate, but they often are lost in a flood of other floral offerings. Think instead of things you have enjoyed receiving and pair those with a …

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Etiquette Training

Provide Etiquette Training for Organization’s Ambassadors

October 18, 2018

Occasionally, we call on select staff members to join us on donor visits to ensure program leaders can share from a stewardship perspective. However, some have not been groomed as ambassadors, and in some areas prove to be socially awkward.Missteps in dining and observing social mores in cultures different from our own can be especially …

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Focus Newsletter to audience

Focus Newsletters to Specific Audience

October 18, 2018

The newsletter of a nonprofit organization is an important publication and can see returns. But there are two distinct audiences to be addressed. Donors want to see information about fundraising events and activities in the nonprofit’s newsletter. Those involved directly in the programs that are served by those donors want to see information about their …

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