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Data-Based Development Manager

Nick Crosson

Nick Crosson works at the intersection of fundraising and data analysis to help improve the bottom line and increase participation.

For fifteen years, Nick has worked with local and national nonprofit organizations in research and fundraising.  Most recently, he managed the Pennsylvania Ballet's Annual Fund, increasing giving to the fund by more than 33% from 2018 through 2020, conducting matching campaigns, and implementing a broad-based Covid Emergency Relief Fund campaign. At PA Ballet, he worked to help the organization systematize its approach to prospect research and fundraising analysis and benchmarking.

In past roles at DataArts (formerly the Cultural Data Project) and the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, Nick increased institutional giving and led organizational research efforts. At DataArts, he helped build and fund the organization’s workforce demographic survey systems and conduct studies of the nonprofit cultural sectors in Los Angeles, Houston, and New York City, as well as a national study of philanthropies - Diversity Among Fundraising Professionals. At the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, Nick led the organization’s research program, including the development of the Portfolio report series -  “The most ambitious and impressive attempt to uncover hard data” on the region’s cultural industry. (Philadelphia Daily News)

Nick is a graduate of Haverford College and holds graduate degrees in Philosophy from Boston College and Georgetown University. He is a Board member of Emerging Arts Leaders: Philadelphia and serves on the Philadelphia Cultural Data Working Group. At one stage in his life, he was a (somewhat) competent soccer and ice hockey goalkeeper, now he mainly tries to exercise without hurting himself.

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