Charles Caldwell earned a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a Master of Arts in Mythological Studies with an Emphasis in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. As a naturally curious person, Charles enjoys acquiring new knowledge, improving systems, and creating innovative solutions to prickly problems. As such, he has worked his whole adult life for community service organizations.
Charles has served as Director of Strategic Advancement at Hospice of Santa Barbara, Inc. since 2015, where he specializes in fundraising and advancement, foundation giving, special events, and donor outreach. He is moved by HSB’s relationship-centric approach to walking with people through the difficult journey of grief and illness. Before coming to HSB, Charles spent seven years with Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara as the director of advancement and ten years with United Way of Santa Barbara County as the director of special projects. In addition, Charles volunteers at Foodbank and several other local nonprofits in a hands-on capacity.
Charles also donated countless hours, creative inspirations, and encouragement to Dianne Travis-Teague, director of Alumni Relations at Pacifica and to the board of the nascent Pacifica Graduate Institute Alumni Association (PGIAA) – a separate 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Charles was instrumental in writing the articles and applications to achieve PGIAA’s nonprofit status, and as PGIAA board President, he helped to guide the association toward keeping the focus on supporting alumni and the public through useful, innovative, and inspirational programming.
Charles’ favorite quote: “I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the community, and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can…” — George Bernard Shaw