“I believe that philanthropy is the expression of our inner soul. I’ve been so fortunate to be able to transfer my personal relationship with giving into my professional arena, and – because I believe so strongly in the power of philanthropy and the joy of giving – I’m able to touch donors in ways that resonate.”

- Doris Feinberg

Doris Feinberg

Doris Feinberg
President

After an academic and clinical career as a clinical specialist in psychiatric-mental health nursing, Doris provided a distinguished nine years of service in non-profit development with Lifespan, Inc., in Providence, RI. During her tenure as campaign director for a $20 million capital campaign to build Hasbro Children’s Hospital, she was responsible for managing staff, trustees, and volunteers in the identification, research and solicitation of leadership level donors. The campaign exceeded its goal and raised an unprecedented $24 million. During her last five years at Lifespan, Doris served as president of the Rhode Island Hospital Foundation. As senior staff liaison, she successfully merged two distinct boards of trustees, combining those of Rhode Island Hospital and its foundation into one.

Leveraging her success into a consulting career, Doris founded The Prospero Group, LLC for which she serves as President. The Prospero Group counsels non-profit boards of directors, executive leaders, and fundraising staff. Recognized for her expertise in capital campaign planning and strategy, donor cultivation and recruitment, face-to-face solicitation training, major gift fundraising and stewardship, as well as board training and development, Doris serves clients in the arts, religious, education, social service and healthcare fields.

Guided by a dedication to sustain a vibrant Jewish community, Doris’ volunteer experience and leadership roles compliment her professional work and she brings best practices from other arenas to the Jewish community. In recent years she has been privileged to present at a variety of Foundation for Jewish Camp conferences as well as in their Executive Leadership Institute. Her professional work with the Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education has afforded her an additional chance to affirm the importance of such experiences in creating future Jewish leaders: she has been a trainer and is now a coach for the PEJE Endowment and Legacy Institute Generations program in New York, Los Angeles and in Baltimore. Her company counsels numerous synagogues, camps, day schools and other Jewish organizations working to continually strengthen the philanthropic investments of Jewish communal life.

Doris’ approach to philanthropy reflects a “donor-centered” philosophy. This engages individuals in the fabric of the organization, so that philanthropic support reflects the relationship between the organization and its donors. Her extensive experience in board development also shaped her belief that board leadership and passion for the organization’s mission lie at the heart of successful development programs.

Doris is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the New England Association for Healthcare Philanthropy. She is also a member of The Boston Club, the Boston area's largest organization for senior executive and professional women.

In addition, Doris remains an active community volunteer in Rhode Island with particular involvement in board development and fundraising efforts for human service initiatives. Having served as Vice Chairperson of the Newport International Film Festival, she is also a Governor of Newport Hospital. During her recent tenure as president of the Jewish Federation of Rhode Island Board of Directors, Doris successfully orchestrated the merger of three agencies now called the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island, on whose board she now serves. Doris currently serves as the chair of the Jewish Federation Foundation overseeing a $50 million endowment.

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