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PHILANTHROPIA PARTNERS PROVIDES PRACTICAL INTELLIGENCE FOR THE 21ST CENTURY NONPROFIT. BACKED BY OVER 25 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE, WE’LL HELP YOU ASSESS, CREATE, AND EXECUTE A PLAN THAT WILL HELP YOU REACH YOUR PHILANTHROPIC POTENTIAL. EXPECT FRESH COUNSEL, UNIQUE SERVICES, AND INSPIRED OUTCOMES.

The name of the firm, Philanthropia Partners, was crafted and woven deeply from Debra Minton’s philosophy of the work. Philanthropia, derived from Greek, means “loving what it means to be human.” Partners reflects the intentional, rich, collaborative relationship that we create with our clients. And finally, the Philanthropia Partners symbol, the three-leafed icon represents the three connected dimensions of philanthropy – time, talent and treasures. When an organization’s or person’s time, talents and treasures are clearly defined, appropriately aligned and effectively allocated, they thrive and grow.

That’s why we’re here.


Debra Minton

Debra Minton is President and Founder of Philanthropia Partners. Deb has built her 25-year career as a nonprofit executive, consultant, strategist, teacher, speaker and coach. She has been instrumental in building nonprofit capacity while raising more than $150 million with her clients and with organizations such as the United Way and the YMCA.

Prior to founding Philanthropia Partners, Deb served as the YMCA’s Vice President of Development where she built a comprehensive fund development department from the ground up. Her work there laid the foundation for an unprecedented eight-year, $30 million expansion effort that brought three new YMCA’s to the region. Prior to the YMCA, Deb served as the Vice President of Development for Heart of West Michigan United Way, leading the annual campaign, major gifts and planned giving programs while directing the efforts of hundreds of volunteers, corporate leaders, loaned executives and staff.

Deb has been a focused, motivational, and informed featured speaker for a variety of groups and associations, including the International Association of Fundraising Professionals, United Way of America, YMCA Key Leaders, Michigan Women’s Foundation, West Michigan Planned Giving Group, the Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids Community Foundation and Mercantile Bank, to name a few. Deb has a Bachelor’s in Science from Michigan State University; a Master’s in Management from Aquinas College, and is a Dale Carnegie graduate and practitioner.

In addition to her responsibilities at the firm, Deb serves on the Western Regional Council Board of Inforum and is an officer of the Board of Directors of the Saugatuck Center for the Arts. She is an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals West Michigan Chapter, The Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce, the Economic Club of Grand Rapids, Inforum Philanthropy NEXT Advisory Group, and the School of Public, Nonprofit and Health Administration at Grand Valley State University Advisory Board.