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Lucas Metropulos, MBA, CFRE

Lucas is a distinguished nonprofit and fundraising consultant, recognized for his outstanding contributions to the philanthropic sector. He has successfully raised tens of millions for a range of charitable causes and educational institutions, establishing domestic and international nonprofit organizations, and managing a diverse array of volunteers across the United States and globally.As a Certified Fund Raising Executive, Lucas is part of an elite group of accredited philanthropic professionals. His proficiencies extend across a range of fundraising activities, including annual giving, major gifts, planned giving, capital campaigns, database services, board training, and strategic planning, among others.

Lucas has uniquely modernized traditional fundraising methods by integrating cryptocurrency giving and leveraging data trends to innovate marketing campaigns, particularly online.
Lucas has successfully filled a variety of roles throughout his career, including those of Executive Director, Director of Major and Planned Giving, Campaign Consultant, and Director of Development. His work was recognized when he was named Nonprofit PRO's Fundraiser of the Year in 2019. He has also served as a Professional Fundraising Coach where he has provided strategic guidance to over 100 nonprofit organizations.

An early adopter of novel fundraising methods, Lucas was one of the first fundraisers to raise over $200,000 in Bitcoin for charity in late 2017 and other nonprofit fundraising initiatives. A graduate of Duke University with a Bachelor's degree in Public Policy Studies and an MBA from Duke's Fuqua School of Business with a Concentration in Social Entrepreneurship. Lucas also possesses a Certificate in Blockchain Strategy from Oxford University. His educational background and continued professional development underscore his commitment to staying at the forefront of the fundraising sector.

Lucas's contributions have earned him national recognition, including being named One of Ten Outstanding Young Americans and a recipient of the SeaWorld's Environmental Educator of Year award. He was also distinguished as an Environmental Educators 30 Under 30 recipient, a Nantucket Project Scholar, and the USA Weekend Magazine National Make a Difference Day awardee in 2010. His diverse experience and innovative approach make him an asset to any organization seeking to boost their philanthropic efforts.
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