Larry Simpson

Mr. Larry Simpson

Director of Development

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Biography

Larry E. Simpson is a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP) and has over 25 years of experience in development and fund-raising consulting. He has served in leadership positions, front-line fund-raising and consulting roles for large institutions, such as his alma mater Princeton University, and medium-sized organizations like Savannah Symphony. Recently, he served as executive director of the University of Louisiana Monroe Foundation managing a fifteen-person organization, and as senior director of development at J. Whitney Bunting College of Business, Georgia College.

Mr. Simpson was reared on a rural farm in middle Tennessee, and as a teenager, he was elected National President of Exploring, a coed career exploration program of the Boy Scouts of America, representing 600,000 youth. Upon graduation from Princeton, he began a nonprofit career with the Boy Scouts in Michigan and was promoted in the Los Angeles Area Council. At the outset of A Campaign for Princeton, he was recruited to serve as a major gifts officer in the NYC area and the southeast. At the successful conclusion of the campaign, he entered fund-raising consulting as a campaign director/planned giving consultant for a private firm in Atlanta, Georgia.

As a fund-raising consultant, Mr. Simpson has written case statements, conducted feasibility interviews, recruited and trained volunteers and successfully completed campaigns for a variety of nonprofits, including Alabama School of Fine Arts, Savannah Symphony, Clemson University and South Carolina Educational Television and Radio. He also conducted planned giving seminars for nonprofit staff and volunteers.

The majority of his work experience has been at three institutions of higher education. During the five years of major gifts work at Princeton University in the 1980s, the largest gift he solicited and secured was a $1.5 million grant from a corporate foundation. He conducted a feasibility interview resulting in a $100 million contribution for Drexel University. As director of The Joint Tech-Georgia Development Fund, Mr. Simpson managed an unrestricted corporate and foundation annual campaign for six years. This unique organization approached newly arriving companies in Georgia for the equal benefit of The University of Georgia and Georgia Institute of Technology, the state’s flagship research units. In Bryn Mawr, at The American College over a six-year tenure, he reorganized an existing campaign with a winning tactical plan raising over $32 million from 600 sources and later became executive director of the foundation.

Larry is married to Cookie Angstadt, a retired dramatic arts Shipley School teacher with an English Master’s from Villanova University. She has one married daughter who resides in Helsinki and Nantucket with two beautiful sons. Larry has five adult children. 

Cookie and Larry are active in the Episcopal Church. They enjoy the arts, antiques, dog sled mushing, reading, ice hockey and playing endlessly with their two cats, Fenn and Jennie.

Education

  • Professional designation – philanthropy – The American College
  • Bachelor's – cultural anthropology – Princeton University