Excellence in Giving Welcomes Tim Van Vugt to the Research Team

Mr. Van Vugt joins the Excellence in Giving team as a Research Analyst. In this role, he sets up systems to measure program outcomes for charities that Excellence in Giving clients support. He specializes in designing research plans and analyzing impact data to evaluate program effectiveness and recommend improvements. His work gives our clients confidence they are supporting great organizations committed to getting better. 

Mr. Van Vugt earned a BA in Finance from Calvin College and an MA in International & Development Economics from the University of San Francisco. He began his career in Kenya working with microfinance institutions and has extensive experience with a variety of international development organizations and social enterprises around the world. Most recently,  

Mr. Van Vugt worked as an independent consultant, helping nonprofits better measure and understand the impact of their programs. He has led rigorous research projects in several countries throughout Africa and Latin America for clients including Compassion International, Living Water International and Partners Worldwide. 

In his spare time, Tim enjoys golfing, skiing and travel. His claims to fame include cameo appearances in Kenyan music videos and competing in the World Skeeball Championships.

Excellence in Giving Welcomes New Relationship Manager

Excellence in Giving, LLC (www.excellenceingiving.com), a philanthropic advisory firm, is opening a branch office, offering a comprehensive line of services to individuals and companies interested in maximizing the impact of their charitable giving locally, nationally and internationally. The new regional office opened in January 2017, in Denver, Colorado. Excellence in Giving serves clients from coast to coast from its offices in Colorado, Texas, North Carolina, California and Boston. The Denver office will be headed by Craig Saeman.

Al Mueller, President of Excellence in Giving, said “I am thrilled to have Craig Saeman represent Excellence in Giving in the Denver market. Craig’s personal and professional experience in philanthropy allows him to be a valuable advisor to generous families. He is a fantastic addition to an incredible team of relationship managers and regional advisors who serve clients across the country.”

Craig Seaman

Relationship Manager, Denver Office

Craig has a bachelor’s degree in Finance and Economics from Regis University and has lived in Denver most of his life. He started his business career in Los Angeles and New York City where he managed a multi-billion-dollar fixed income portfolio. After returning to Denver, Craig was active in private equity. More recently, Craig was responsible for launching and managing a hedge fund, fundraising for numerous deals, and investments in private equity. Craig has an extensive background in both the business and charitable sector and is well connected in the Denver community.

About Excellence in Giving

Excellence in Giving, headquartered in Colorado Springs, CO, is one of the nation’s premier philanthropic consulting firms. Founded in 2001 by Al Mueller, Excellence in Giving services increase clients’ confidence, impact and joy in giving. Excellence in Giving clients have given over $250 million to high-impact projects and organizations. Excellence in Giving services create a disciplined yet flexible process for intelligent giving. Clients focus on areas most important to them, rather than simply responding to incoming requests. Confidence in the projects they fund comes from appropriate and thorough due diligence. Clients have the option of anonymity and benefit from employing an experienced, knowledgeable team to guide them through their giving decisions.

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Our Director of Research Presents Evaluation Methods at YALE

YALE University is hosting a one-of-a-kind conference on "What Works?" in faith-based development efforts. Renowned social impact evaluator, Dean Karlan, will present new results from his evaluation of a faith-based economic development organization, International Care Ministries. After Karlan explains his ground-breaking case for the positive impact of faith in poverty reduction, Excellence in Giving's Director of Research, Paul Penley, will reveal his new results from evaluating the nation's only faith-based Boys & Girls Club. Stronger faith can be linked to great academic and character growth. Leading evaluators, funders, and NGO leaders with an interest in spiritual metrics are all coming together for lively discussions and panels on September 20-21, 2016. The interest of faith-based funders and NGOs in research-backed impact is growing, and Excellence in Giving is at the forefront of the conversation.