For more than 35 years, Bruce DeBoskey has been dedicated to
community building and social change through his professional and volunteer
work. It is with that mission and commitment that he founded The DeBoskey
Group, helping individuals and families, businesses, and foundations organize,
strategize and maximize the impact of their philanthropic initiatives.
Bruce writes a regular monthly column "On Philanthropy" which is published in the Sunday Denver Post Business Section.
Bruce previously served as the Regional Director of the Anti-Defamation League's Mountain States Region, directing the regional civil/human rights initiatives of this national nonprofit organization. As Director, he led an 11 person staff and a 100+ member Board of Directors and its 20+ committees.
Prior to joining ADL in 2002, Bruce was a shareholder in Silver & DeBoskey, P.C., a 30-person Denver law firm specializing in dispute resolution of complex civil matters. His areas of trial practice included discrimination, civil rights, professional liability, environmental torts, personal injury, employment disputes and business litigation.
Bruce holds a B.A. from Indiana University in Political Science and Environmental Studies. He received his J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center. Following law school, Bruce clerked for the Honorable Richard Matsch, U.S. District Judge for the District of Colorado. He is married and the father of four sons.
Bruce is a "Certified 21/64 Trainer" having received specialized training in how to engage the next generation of philanthropists from 21/64, formerly a division of the Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies, in New York. He also has attained a Certificate in Corporate Community Involvement from Boston College's Carroll School of Management.
He currently serves as the Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Colorado Philanthropic Advisors Network (CPAN), the Advisory Board of the Philanthropic Center of the Women's College at the University of Denver, and the Rose Medical Center Advisory Board.
Major Gift and Corporate Philanthropy from the Donor's Perspective
Women and Philanthropy -The changing face of giving
Corporate Philanthropy - Helping the world and the bottom Line
How to Improve Employee Engagement through Community Investment
Ten Steps to Effective Philanthropy
The Generational Lens - How Different Generations View the World...and Giving
This is Not Your Father's Philanthropy - how it has changed in the 21st century
What will Your Legacy Be? - How philanthropy helps answer the question
From Generation to Generation - Involving your children and grandchildren in family giving
NextGen Philanthropy - Changing the world through younger eyes
Maimonides' Ancient Ladder of Giving - A guide to modern philanthropy
Effective Philanthropy - How to find the best nonprofit partners
Reviews of Bruce's recent keynote presentations:
“It is rare to find someone who combines a deep technical understanding of the field of philanthropy with personal experience, passion, and soaring inspiration – but that is exactly who Bruce DeBoskey is and what he does when he delivers a keynote address. Whether he is talking to a room of seasoned professionals, sophisticated donors or those coming to explore the ever-evolving world of philanthropy, Bruce leaves his audience informed, motivated and ready to do even more to make an impact. It is always a professional and personal privilege to be in his company.”
President and CEO, Mile High United Way
"Our national annual meeting attendees are still talking about Bruce's session! His deep knowledge of philanthropy, dynamic presentation and engaging style challenged our participants to think deeply about how to transform communications and relationships with their donors. I highly recommend Bruce as a speaker on philanthropy and look forward to having him return."
Director, Station Development Services, Public Broadcasting System (PBS)
"Bruce DeBoskey's keynote address to major gift fund-raising professionals was a true highlight at our international conference. In preparing his remarks, Bruce clearly took the time to understand the audience and prepare a message perfectly crafted. He was succinct, well organized, dynamic, and impactful. Importantly, Bruce presented new and insightful information on emerging trends. We'll definitely invite him back for more!"
Executive Director of Development, Nova Southeastern University
CASE Conference Organizer
"Engaging, Enlightening, Energizing - in just three words it's easy to summarize Bruce DeBoskey's presentation 'Major Gift and Corporate Philanthropy from the Donor's Perspective.' Bruce provides a knowledgeable and objective voice - representing the changing world of philanthropy and providing a clear understanding of how fundraisers and major donors can work together to understand and achieve a vision for a better community."
Co-Founder /Development Director, Rocky Mountain MicroFinance Institute