Paul Yeghiayan

Paul Yeghiayan has more than 20 years of experience in small-business development, nonprofit management, and on the front lines of fundraising.

In addition to his role implementing Planned Giving in a Box for PlannedGiving.Com, Paul is a senior consultant with Copley Raff, a full-service fundraising and nonprofit management consultancy.

Before joining Copley Raff, Paul was vice president of development for the American University of Armenia (AUA), which is a University of California-affiliated institution in Yerevan, Armenia. Working from U.S.-based offices, he was responsible for all philanthropic activities of AUA.

Prior to AUA, Paul was the president and CEO of The Foundation for the Public’s Health, a start-up foundation of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO). He directed and managed the establishment and growth of all aspects of the organization. He was also a member of NACCHO’s Executive Team, and worked closely with the Foundation’s Board of Trustees to establish and implement strategic planning, business development, marketing, communications, fundraising, partnerships, finance/budgeting, and personnel recruitment and development.

Paul also served as an Associate Director of Philanthropy with Heifer International. He worked with individuals, foundations, and corporate donors to secure funding for pro-poor agricultural value chain projects in more than 40 countries. He led efforts to provide private partnership financing for a $25 million World Bank dairy project. Paul established all aspects of the campaign and trained more than 1,000 people to raise funds in support of the project.

He received his BA from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, and his ALM in Management with a concentration in Nonprofit Management from Harvard University. Paul is currently pursuing the Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP) designation from the American College of Financial Services.

  • Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) (2017)
  • Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Master Trainer (2019)
  • Serves on the Education Committee of the AFP DC Chapter
  • Member of the Association Foundation Group, National Association of Charitable Gift Planners, and Advisors in Philanthropy.

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