Paul Edwards

Paul V. Edwards

Paul is the Dean of The Art of Asking

He provides strategic oversight to the development and alumni relations teams as chief development officer and senior vice president for advancement at Gordon College.

Paul previously directed a 10-year $1 billion campaign for Wycliffe Bible Translators to fund the remaining translations of the Bible for the world’s minority languages.

He is a member of the Institute for Giving faculty, and has provided extensive training to development professionals at nonprofit organizations and educational institutions including World Vision, the Smithsonian Institution, the American Bible Society and Princeton University.

Edwards began his development career in 1978 at Stanford University, where he participated in development work for the university and its medical center. In Stanford's benchmark billion dollar campaign, the first of that magnitude undertaken by a university, he implemented all volunteer and staff fundraising training.

From 1988 to 1991, he provided development strategy and campaign counsel for various organizations through the Russ Reid Company. Since then, he has served in senior leadership positions, overseeing fundraising for nonprofits including Prison Fellowship Ministries, Promise Keepers, Hawaiian Islands Ministries and, most recently, Wycliffe. Edwards holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Stanford University and a Master of Divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary.

This is Paul’s twenty-third year on the faculty of the Institute for Charitable Giving. He is regarded as one of the nation’s most effective and motivating trainers of staff and boards. He has worked in all facets of fundraising— from major gifts to campaign management. In the area of preparing staff and volunteers to make a successful ask, he is without parallel.