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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Administrative Baggage

Ask for Help Handling Administrative Baggage

October 17, 2018

Here’s an unfortunately common scenario. A small, re-born nonprofit has had 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 the …

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