James Newberry, the host of the “Donor Doctor Show,” is an expert in writing fundraising appeals for museums, animal welfare causes, political candidates and troop support groups.
After graduating from the University of Texas in 1986, he served on the Legislative Staff of Phil Gramm and was the Campaign Manager or Finance Director in three congressional campaigns in Texas and Illinois. In 1994, he produced and helped raise funds to air the “Which Washington Does He Represent” TV ad that helped defeat Speaker of the House Tom Foley.
Mr. Newberry was hired by Eberle Communications Group (Fund Raising Strategies) in 1988 as a political and charitable direct mail copywriter. He rejoined the staff in 2003 after operating a horse farm for 8 years and working as a freelancer. In 2008, he won a Direct Mail Package of the Year Award from Fundraising SuccessMagazine (now called NonProfit Pro) for an appeal signed by Col. Charles McGee, a Tuskegee Airman.
For his campaign copywriting, he’s won three Pollies,an award given annually by the American Association of Political Consultants. In addition, he’s won over a half dozen Maxi Awards from the Direct Mail Association of Washington, including the 2011 Platinum “Big Idea” (Best of Show) Award, a fold out LIFE Magazine Poster of “Fly Girl” Shirley Slade.
He’s been interviewed by Dana Bash of CNN, Peter Overby of National Public Radio and Howard Kurtz of The Washington Post, as well as TIME Magazine and other publications.
In 2016, he had a museum mailing featured in Target Marketing and won two Maxis: a calendar celebrating the Tuskegee Airmen and a Norman Rockwell “Ike” poster for the Eisenhower Presidential Library. When he’s not writing copy, the “Donor Doctor” is an avid poker player and enjoys playing in an over 40 basketball league.