Speaker Bio: Eric Billman

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Eric Billman is co-author of the book, The Art and Science of Donor Bliss: Raise (More) Money, Make Friends and Embrace the Joy of Giving. A handbook for donors and development officers alike, the book encourages donors to create sustainable impact through their giving. 

As an international fundraiser and active donor, Eric promotes the idea of helping donors feel as if they are partners with their giving. By focusing on a donor’s interests and finding where his or her passions intersect with an institution’s priorities, the donor is engaged and the institution benefits. Over the course of his career, Eric has found that these simple concepts apply to donors around the world.  Eric is passionate about Donor Bliss and its power to transform individuals and institutions.

As a fundraiser and consultant, Eric has helped donors and volunteers experience the joy of giving. As a consultant, Eric marries a donor-centric perspective with the discipline of strategic planning and performance management, assisting organizations to better deliver on their mission.

Within the higher education sector, Eric is currently the Head of Advancement for the College of Engineering and Computer Science at the Australian National University. Previously he served as Director of Advancement for The University of Melbourne and the University of Queensland in Australia; Senior Director of Development at Georgetown University and at the University of Wisconsin. He started his development career at his alma mater, Carnegie Mellon University and more recently developed and implemented an international engagement plan for Earlham College, bringing together key internal constituents and alumni. 

In addition to work in higher education, Eric provides campaign and development counsel to hospitals, community organizations, religious institutions and schools. Regardless of business sector, Eric draws from experience and expertise to advise leaders and donors on fundraising and philanthropy.

Eric earned a BS in Civil Engineering from Purdue University and received his MBA from Carnegie Mellon University. While their current assignments have taken them around the world, Eric and his wife (and co-author) think of historic Richmond, IN as their hometown.