About Us

For David the journey into the world of philanthropy began when he edited The Foundation 500. That led to a career as a social entrepreneur (although he didn’t know he was one at the time) mixing and matching data and technology. Lori began her career as a practitioner before putting her expertise to use as a consultant with organizations and institutions across the country. Together they founded WorkingPhilanthropy.com to work with nonprofits, educational institutions, and fellow social entrepreneurs on a variety of projects including fundraising intelligence; migration of organizational systems to the cloud; social media analytics; forecasting of charitable giving; and working with companies seeking to bring products and services to the social sector.


David M. Lawson

David is a social entrepreneur and investor.  He founded his first company, The Information Prospector, to deliver in-depth profiles of philanthropists to fundraisers. In 1988, he introduced Securities Prospector, the first asset-based wealth screening service. In the early 1990’s he was a senior consultant with Thomson Wealth ID where he created the first software program to manage screening results. In 1997 David founded Prospect Information Network (P!N) which became the largest wealth screening service before being purchased by Kintera in 2004. Lawson was a senior vice president with Kintera until March of 2008 with Blackbaud (BLKB) purchased the company. In 2009 he Co-Founded WorkingPhilanthropy.com. He is the Co-Founder of The New Science of Philanthropy, LLC, a Partner with TrueGivers, LLC, Chairman of the Board of Advisors of The Atlas of Giving, LLC.,  a Board Member of Call2Action, LLC., and a Member of the Technical Advisory Board, Agile Equity, LLC. David works with a number of other companies helping them bring their products and services to the philanthropic community. He is a frequent speaker, contributor to trade publications and a contributing author to Major Donors: Finding Big Gifts in Your Database and Online and People to People Fundraising: Social Networking and Web 2.0 for Charities. He is an APRA Distinguished Service Award and CASE Crystal Apple Award for Excellence in Education recipient and a member of APRA and AASP.


Lori Hood Lawson

Lori Hood Lawson utilizes her years of institutional development research experience to help organizations turn data into actionable fundraising intelligence. As Co-Founder and CEO of WorkingPhilanthropy.com, she helps to keep the nonprofit sector current in the latest issues and trends. She has also served as the Group Director of Fundraising Intelligence for DonorTrends, where she was instrumental in creating an exact match screening service for professional biographies and charitable contributions for the nonprofit community. Prior to founding WorkingPhilanthropy.com, Lawson served as Director of Strategic Solutions for Kintera P!N, where she managed a team of consultants, serving more than 300 nonprofit organizations in identification of prospective donors via wealth screening. While at Kintera, she also helped bring to market P!N’s desktop product as a web-based solution. Before joining P!N, Lawson enjoyed the role of Associate Director of Research for The Florida State University Foundation, where she received the Administrator of the Year Award and served on the New Employee Orientation Committee and The Committee for Acknowledgement and Recognition of Employee Excellence. Lori is a member of the Association of Professional Researchers for Advancement International (APRA) and has served on the board of the Florida chapter of APRA, most recently as President and Director-at-Large. She holds a master’s degree from The Florida State University School of Information and a bachelor’s degree from Emory University. She is a voracious reader, a frequent author of articles and blogs, and a speaker at industry conferences.