Larry G. Raff, MPH

President, Copley Raff

Larry G. Raff is president and principal of Copley Raff, Inc., a U.S. and international management and fundraising consulting firm that specializes in raising the sights for nonprofit organizations and helping them meet aspirational goals. He is also a principal with Rising Tide Direct, a firm that emphasizes the use of direct marketing channels to build net revenue and to identify and move contributors into the major donor pipeline.

With Copley Raff, Larry has partnered with organizations of all sizes, advising on a full spectrum of philanthropy, campaign, program design, and governance issues. His clients include four of New England’s largest multi-hospital systems, the largest multi-hospital systems in the mid-west and in South Florida, numerous academic medical centers, community health centers, performing arts groups, higher education, and human services organizations. He also provides counsel to state and national organizations including the National Consumer Law Center, National Partnership for Food Safety, American Optometric Association, US FIRST, and the Massachusetts Medical Society, as well as the recently opened premier children’s hospital in Qatar.

Earlier in his career Larry served as President and CEO of the Emanuel Medical Center Foundation, Oregon’s largest tertiary care and pediatric hospital, where he created two nationally recognized initiatives in support of community investment and donor recognition. He directed the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s $200 million “The Only Remedy is a Cure” campaign for the northeastern US. Larry also founded and was president of the Autoimmune Disease Research Foundation, which supports a clinical trial addressing the central cause of many autoimmune diseases.

A highly-regarded thought leader, Larry has: an international readership for GivingTake, the blog he has published since 2012; served as President of The Friday Forum, a group of senior development professionals in Boston; led high-level trainings across the nation; and, authored articles in leading fundraising journals.  

Larry is a co-founder of the highly acclaimed Philanthropy Leadership Advancement Nexus, (planMGO), an immersive, four-day training program that transforms advancement professionals and volunteers into Master Gift Officers by reengineering the nature and process of their relationships with donors, goals, asks, and stewardship.

Larry is married with two grown children and lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

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