Derrick Feldmann is a sought-after speaker, researcher and advisor in cause engagement. He founded Achieve to help organizations address their most pressing issues through research and data-driven, strategically designed fundraising and awareness campaigns.

Derrick is the lead researcher and creator of The Millennial Impact Project, a multi-year study of how the next generation supports causes. This ongoing study has been cited in hundreds of publications, including Forbes, TIME, Fast Company, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. Through this research, as well as in his role at Achieve, Derrick has worked with companies and organizations such as AT&T, Facebook, BMW, PBS and the Case Foundation to understand how the next generation of donors, activists and employees are redefining cause work.

He is the founder of MCON, the nation’s premier conference on Millennials and social good, which draws speakers from for- and non-profit organizations across the world. MCON explores the question of whether and how organizations are taking advantage of today’s heightened interest in causes to better serve their constituents.

Derrick is a co-author of the book Cause for Change: The Why and How of Nonprofit Millennial Engagement (2013) and is authoring the upcoming Social Movements for Good: How Companies and Causes Create Viral Change, which will be available in March 2016He is a regular contributor to Philanthropy News Digest and the Huffington Post IMPACT Channel. Derrick is on the Leadership Faculty of the Points of Light Corporate Institute and a guest lecturer for the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University. He is also on the Board of Visitors for the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.

Derrick received an undergraduate degree from Southeast Missouri State University and a graduate degree from the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University. He went on to lead national fundraising efforts for The LEAGUE and Learning to Give before founding Achieve in 2008.

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Cause for Change – 2013

With Cause for Change, Derrick Feldmann and Kari Dunn Saratovsky created a much-needed guide for causes to engage Millennials (age 20-32) as constituents, volunteers, donors and employees. At the heart of this research-based book is the Millennial Engagement Platform, an action-based rubric that outlines how your organization must realign and reorganize to respond to this rapidly growing cohort. Cause for Change:

  • Examines how Millennials communicate, volunteer, take action, influence their peers and choose to give their time and money.
  • Explains how Millennials view their role in the workplace and how their ideas are already reshaping nonprofit culture from within.
  • Profiles Millennials-turned-dynamic leaders who have created and managed movements.