Derrick Feldmann is an internationally sought-after speaker, researcher and advisor for cause engagement. He is a recognized leader and expert in helping organizations and corporations better understand the next generation of donors, activists and employees who are redefining causes, and he is the lead researcher and creator of The Millennial Impact Project.



This is a primer for connecting with this digital generation. Based on his years of research for The Millennial Impact Project, Derrick’s presentation will truly transform your thinking about how and why those in their 20s and 30s participate in cause work – and how to involve them in yours.


Derrick explores how individuals think, act and give to causes today and what the future holds in this new era of impulse giving. This speech will have you rethinking your organization’s messages and how you build your next cadre of donors and supporters.


Millennial employees are transforming how companies offer cause work to employees. In this thought-provoking speech, Derrick discusses research-based discoveries on how millennials want to integrate their cause interests into their professional lives.


What millennials seek from work differs significantly from previous generations. Derrick will share research and tried-and-true methods on how companies can engage young adults in the workplace through causes that enhance company culture and leadership.

Derrick’s Bio

Derrick Feldmann is a sought-after speaker, researcher and advisor in cause engagement. He founded Achieve to help organizations address their most pressing issues through research and data-driven, strategically designed fundraising and awareness campaigns.


Derrick is the lead researcher and creator of The Millennial Impact Project, a multi-year study of how the next generation supports causes. This ongoing study has been cited in hundreds of publications, including Forbes, TIME, Fast Company, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. Through this research, as well as in his role at Achieve, Derrick has worked with companies and organizations such as AT&T, Facebook, BMW, PBS and the Case Foundation to understand how the next generation of donors, activists and employees are redefining cause work.


He is the founder of MCON, the nation’s premier conference on millennials and social good, which draws speakers from for- and non-profit organizations across the world. MCON explores the question of whether and how organizations are taking advantage of today’s heightened interest in causes to better serve their constituents.


Derrick is the author of “Social Movements for Good: How Companies and Causes Create Viral Change” (2016) and co-author of the book “Cause for Change: The Why and How of Nonprofit Millennial Engagement” (2012). He is a regular contributor to Philanthropy News Digest and the Huffington Post IMPACT Channel. Derrick is on the Leadership Faculty of the Points of Light Corporate Institute and a guest lecturer for the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University.


Derrick received an undergraduate degree from Southeast Missouri State University and a graduate degree from the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University. He went on to lead national fundraising efforts for The LEAGUE and Learning to Give before founding Achieve in 2008.

Social Movements for Good

Social Movements for Good” is a guidebook for driving change by taking advantage of the social “currency” that makes movements go viral. Derrick Feldmann shares secrets and stories from today’s most successful social good movements. You’ll learn about the leaders behind these movements, the individuals who responded, and the approaches that made it work. Modern social movements operate within a new paradigm, and this informative guide walks you through how these movements are created, why people get on board, and the strategy and support network that must be in place for it to succeed.

Cause for Change

With “Cause for Change,” Derrick Feldmann and Kari Dunn Saratovsky created a much-needed guide for causes to engage millennials (age 20-32) as constituents, volunteers, donors and employees. At the heart of this research-based book is the Millennial Engagement Platform, an action-based rubric that outlines how your organization must realign and reorganize to respond to this rapidly growing cohort. “Cause for Change”:

  • Examines how millennials communicate, volunteer, take action, influence their peers and choose to give their time and money.
  • Explains how millennials view their role in the workplace and how their ideas are already reshaping nonprofit culture from within.
  • Profiles millennials-turned-dynamic leaders who have created and managed movements.

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