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John Hicks

Personal Statement

I believe that the “third sector” – nonprofits – exemplifies the finest in human ingenuity, passion and caring. And philanthropy is the great engine that fuels work that brings real, lasting, positive and sustainable benefits and change. Gifts and grants from generous hearts help us to heal, nurture, and lift up others. And in doing so, we elevate ourselves.

Over the years, I have been the beneficiary of the wisdom of a great many leaders in our profession whose words, ideas, and vision continue to serve as a personal inspiration to me. What an incredible honor it is to be part of the family of teachers and students here at Columbia University and to have the opportunity to engage, challenge, and help inspire a new generation of leaders to bring their voices, vision, skills, and talents to the betterment of us all.


John W. Hicks, CFRE is Principal of DLBHICKS LLC. With nearly thirty years of experience in fundraising, he provides consultation and strategic guidance for annual and capital fundraising programs. Additionally, he counsels not-for-profits on building managerial, fundraising, and board capacity.

Hicks is a member of the faculty of Columbia University’s Nonprofit Management program. He has appeared as a featured presenter for The Foundation Center and has spoken at nonprofit conferences in the U.S. and abroad. He has been awarded Stellar Speaker status by The Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). Hicks is a contributing author to After the Grant (Foundation Center, 2010) and to The Nonprofit Handbook: Fund Raising (Wiley, 2001).

A Certified Fund Raising Executive, Hicks is a former member of the Board of Directors of AFP International and is a past President of the AFP New York City Chapter. In 2003 and 2004, he served as Chair of Fund Raising Day in New York, the nation’s largest one-day conference on philanthropy. He holds degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Hartford and has completed professional education courses with the Lake Forest School of Management and Harvard University’s Program on Negotiation.