Bruce Karmazin

Executive Director, The Lumpkin Family Foundation

Bruce Karmazin joined The Lumpkin Family Foundation as Executive Director in 2001. He was previously at the University of Iowa where he completed a law degree and helped to found the Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center.

After spending two years as a CUSO (Canadian) volunteer in Botswana, Bruce began a career in nonprofit management as a fundraising consultant with an international fundraising firm. He followed that with stints managing fundraising programs at hospitals in Nova Scotia and Ontario.

Founder and president of the US Friends of Adonai, Bruce volunteers his time coordinating fundraising for a community-based organization in rural Uganda. He is a past director of Forefront Illinois, the National Center for Family Philanthropy, SAFSF, and the Mattoon Arts Council.

In addition to his J.D., Bruce holds a B.A. and an M.A. in Economics from the University at Buffalo and the University of Toronto respectively.


Internal Evaluation and Learning

Posted on December 15, 2022 by Brittany Green Daniels, Arturo Garcia, Bruce Karmazin, Prentice Zinn

A family philanthropy has a much better chance of success if there is an intentional culture that values continuous improvement, feedback and professional development, and an integrated approach of learning and assessment across governance, philanthropic strategy, succession, and more. The assessment process asks organizations to evaluate their philanthropic purpose, governance, team, accountability, finances, and family—to answer how you can continually… Read More

Joint Non-family Staff and Engaging Youth Peer Network: Connecting Family Across Distance

Posted on March 18, 2020 by Jenny Kelly, Bruce Karmazin, Steve Toben

Please note: This Peer Network was originally scheduled for March 25, 2020 and has been rescheduled to June 17, 2020. If you registered for the March 25 event, you are still registered for this updated date and will be sent login information closer to the event.  For families that are spread across multiple locations, it takes effort to effectively engage… Read More