Cherian Koshy, CFRE

At-Large Directors – One-year Term
Cherian Koshy

Cherian Koshy is a Certified Fund Raising Executive and AFP Master Trainer with more than twenty years of experience in a variety of non­profits where he has successfully helped organizations connect thousands of donors to causes they care about and raising tens of millions of dollars from foundations, governments, businesses, and individuals in the process. 

He currently serves as the Director of Development at Des Moines Performing Arts, one of the nation's premier arts organizations. As a member of the international advisory panel for Rogare: The Fundraising Think Tank, he has written several articles and contributed to a number of papers on fundraising ethics, professional development, and philanthropy. He was appointed by the governor to Iowa’s Commission on Volunteer Service where he helps advance legislation to support volunteerism and engage Iowans in volunteer activity as the vice-chair of the commission.  He is a co-founder of the Des Moines Fundraising Institute, a non-profit designed to instruct fundraisers on best practices. He is also a board member of the Friendship Center, an inner-city, faith-based, community center in Des Moines. Nationally, he serves as a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals External Relations and Professional Development Divisions as well as a regular presenter at the AFP International Conference and regional workshops on fundraising. Cherian is a member, deacon, and board treasurer at Soteria Des Moines: A Baptist Church where he has served for nearly ten years.

Cherian was also one of the most successful debating coaches in the United States. His students won dozens of national and international championships. He is the author of one of the most widely used debating textbooks currently used and has taught thousands of students over the last twenty years. 

He and his wife, Betsy, have three children. They reside in Waukee, Iowa where Cherian is a member of the Planning & Zoning Commission for the City of Waukee and a board member of the Waukee Betterment Foundation.

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