Conversation with Russell James, J.D., Ph.D., CFP®

In this episode, Russell talks about:

  • Who you should you be visiting;
  • An important factor to consider when visiting this demographic;
  • In all of Russell’s research, what has changed over the years and what the number one predictor of leaving a gift has been consistently;
  • What the best gift asset is to receive, and how that affects overall giving;
  • How to motivate transformational giving, and more!

 

About Russell James, J.D., Ph.D., CFP®.  Dr. James is a professor in the Department of Personal Financial Planning at Texas Tech University.  He directs the on-campus and online graduate program in Charitable Financial Planning (planned giving).  He graduated, cum laude, from the University of Missouri School of Law where he was a member of the Missouri Law Review and received the United Missouri Bank Award for Most Outstanding Work in Gift and Estate Taxation and Planning. He also holds a Ph.D. in consumer economics from the University of Missouri, where his dissertation was on charitable giving.

Prior to his career as an academic researcher, Dr. James worked as the Director of Planned Giving for Central Christian College in Moberly, Missouri for 6 years and later served as president of the college for more than 5 years, where he had direct and supervisory responsibility for all fundraising. During his presidency the college successfully completed two major capital campaigns, built several new debt-free buildings, and more than tripled enrollment.

Dr. James has published research in over 40 different peer-reviewed scientific journals and has been quoted on charitable and financial issues in a variety of news sources including The Economist, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, ABC News, U.S. News & World Report, USA Today, the Associated Press, Bloomberg News and the Chronicle of Philanthropy and his financial neuroimaging research was profiled in The Wall Street Journal’s Smart Money Magazine.

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