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Richard Feiner

Personal Statement

Winston Churchill said, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” I am inspired by opportunities where I can give to others, out of a desire to both “give back” and to “pay forward” in the pursuit of excellence in fundraising. I am motivated to share my professional experiences with the students at Columbia — to help them acquire the necessary tools to ensure that vital resources are available to tackle some of the world’s most enduring challenges. The world needs dedicated, passionate and ethical fundraisers and I feel privileged to help our future social benefit sector leaders reach for the stars.


Richard Feiner has more than fifteen years of development experience in a range of sectors, from medical research/health care to water and sanitation/WASH to cultural heritage preservation and the arts. He is the Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations for Weill Cornell Medicine and as, Director of Development, North America for the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi), he established grant funding and impact investing partnerships to support the discovery of new technologies for diseases of the developing world. Prior to his nonprofit development work, Feiner held positions in investor relations and business-to-business marketing and was a systems analyst at Morgan Stanley for the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

Feiner is a graduate of Princeton University and holds a Master degree in nonprofit management from the City University of New York/Brooklyn College. He is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP), and Atheneum Partners, a global knowledge-sharing network of business/social benefit organization advisors.