Joseph V. Matassino, Jr.

Joseph V. Matassino, Jr., JD, CFRE

  • Director of Sponsored Research and Foundation Relations


  • JD (1993)
    Widener Delaware Law School (DE)
  • BA, Politics (1990)
    Ursinus College (DE)

About Me

My sole purpose in working for the nonprofit sector has been to leave a permanent, visible impact on our world. After spending more than 20 years in smaller, grass-roots nonprofits, I took a leap in the world of higher education as Widener's Director of Sponsored Research and Foundation Relations, where I get to work closely with our faculty on identifying and obtaining grant funding for their research or projects.

I also think it is important to explore global philanthropy, to learn from and share fundraising knowledge with organizations and nations whose culture of giving is still developing. To that end, I enjoy presenting locally and abroad on issues related to fundraising. I am also particularly interested in introducing younger generations to the concept of philanthropy.

Finally, I am a proud contributor to, an all volunteer crowdblog managed by fundraisers for fundraisers, and author of the survey "How Philanthropic Are Fundraisers?"

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

Association of Fundraising Professionals, CFRE International, Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), International Society of Research Administrators