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Alex Kagan, Ph.D.

Alex Kagan is a leading operations manager and fundraising trainer, with unique expertise and insight into the personalities and behavior models of philanthropists across nations and cultures.


As Director of Operations in the former Soviet Union (FSU) for the World Union for Progressive Judaism, he supervises more than 50 professionals and oversees special projects in major cities Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus. Integrating his doctoral research in personality profiling and behavior modeling to his practical work in personnel, organization, fundraising and training, Alex also provides cutting-edge training for YourGlobalStrategy.


Alex has also designed and taught courses in team-building, leadership development, and motivational coaching. After studying behavioral sciences at Ben-Gurion University, he earned a Masters Degree (in clinical criminology) and a Ph.D. (in psychoanalysis and hermeneutics) from Bar-Ilan University. He speaks English, Hebrew, and Russian.

Introduction to Modeling of Philanthropists & Donors


How often have you described a donor as having a terrific personality? By that, you typically mean the person is affable, pleasant, and easily parts with money.


You have also identified donors you would describe as having a terrible personality. These may be aloof, aggressive, unfriendly, unpleasant, or maybe really just reluctant to to give money.


While you are making judgments about the personalities of other people, they are also making comparable judgments about you.


Of course, it is simplistic and counter-productive to attempt to sum up the total constellation of a donor’s personality characteristics by using such fuzzy terms such as ‘terrific’ and ‘terrible’. The subject of personality is too complex for such a simplified description, because humans are too complex and changeable in different situations and with different people.


In our Introduction to Modeling of Philanthropists & Donors we offer insight to these questions and many more.


What is this thing we call personality? What is a donor’s personality? We analyze and answer both these questions in tandem.


We’ve integrated the idiographic and nomothetic approaches, to identify donor personality styles based on private examples, experience in practical fields, and psychological classifications.


Using seven donor personality styles (7DS), we can demonstrate:


  • How donors act

  • How donors realize their motivations, desires, and ambitions

  • How donors think, what they expect, and how they view us


We can make the appropriate adjustments to fit a specific donor’s style and develop our philanthropic tactics accordingly.



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