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Charlie Cummings

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Strategic Advisor, Do Good Institute

Charlie Cummings is a strategic advisor for the Do Good Institute and manages the Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership program. He studied philanthropy and nonprofit leadership while earning his Master’s in Public Policy from the University of Maryland. While working as Do Good Institute Director Bob Grimm’s graduate assistant, he co-founded the Do Good Challenge and managed the first two competitions in 2012 and 2013. The Challenge catalyzed a new culture of philanthropy in College Park and inspired the then-President of the University to call UMD the “nation’s first Do Good Campus.” 

After earning his master’s, he created a nonprofit program to activate and organize K-12 educators to impact education policy in their states. After piloting the initiative in New York, he raised more than $4 million in support from Bloomberg Philanthropies and other major donors to implement the program across the United States. The Educator Voice Fellowship (EVF) empowered hundreds of award-winning teachers and principals to work alongside policymakers in state capitals, Congress, and the White House. In 2017, Charlie directed a coalition in Colorado to successfully pass a new law for high school graduation requirements that was written by a teacher and a principal in the EVF.

In 2018, he taught the Do Good Institute’s hands-on seminar on social innovation. In May of that year, he joined the Do Good Institute team as a strategic advisor. Charlie took an idea for a nonprofit management graduate program and turned it into a profitable, sustainable business that is generating new revenue while advancing the Institute’s mission. In addition to managing the Graduate Certificate program, Charlie cultivates new partnerships for the Do Good Institute.