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Donald Summers

Managing Director, Altruist Partners


Donald Summers is a speaker, author, social entrepreneur and business advisor with a long track record of leading organizations to dramatic gains in performance, revenue and impact. He founded Altruist Partners, a nonprofit and social enterprise accelerator, in 2006 and currently serves as its Managing Director. With offices in Seattle, Washington DC and London, Altruist helps nonprofits and social enterprises plan, finance, and achieve ambitious goals. Clients range from startups to large institutions and multinational NGOs. Client outcomes include median annual growth rates of 25% and a 25x return on fees.

Summers is a graduate of Middlebury College and Harvard University and is a frequent presenter on non-profit best practices and social sector innovation. His essays, articles and commentary have been published by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Harvard Magazine and the Stanford Social Innovation Review.