Stefanie Stark, President of Development Systems International, fell in love with the nonprofit sector early in life when she was recruited at the age of 12 into a performing arts college. Stefanie saw firsthand the funding challenges that arts organizations faced. A serious car accident with a drunk driver ended her performing arts career and changed the trajectory of her life. It was then that Stefanie turned her passion for charity and the arts into what has become her life’s true calling: perfecting the art of fundraising, connecting donors and philanthropists to the missions and organizations that inspire them.
Stefanie has worked as an executive and a fundraising professional in the charitable sector for more than 20 years. She is a founding member of the National Association of Nonprofit Organizations & Executives (NANOE). Stefanie is a Certified Nonprofit Consultant, Certified Development Executive, and Certified Executive Coach and serves on the faculty of National Development Institute. She studied at the National Hungarian Ballet Academy and is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and the University of Utah, B.F.A.
Since 2016, Stefanie has been a marketing and fundraising consultant for some of the most recognized NGO brands in the charitable world - including the United Nations Foundation, the American Foundation for Children with AIDS, the Bridgespan Group, and the San Diego Museum of Art - as well as newcomers to the sector. She has coached nonprofit leaders through successful multi-million dollar campaigns that are donor-driven, using the Major Gifts Ramp-Up model, in order to meet their organization’s financial goals, achieving exponential growth, sustainability, and measurable ROI.
Development Systems International ensures professionals who lead: human welfare, health services, education, arts, and environmental nonprofits have access to the Major Gifts Ramp-Up Model (MGRU). Major Gifts Ramp-Up is used by organizations around the world to raise the millions they require to accomplish their important mission. Stefanie and her team of experts introduce wealthy donors to nonprofits who in turn secure the financial-capacity of charitable organizations who achieve significant impact.
Jimmy LaRose’s passion for “people who give” has inspired philanthropists around the world to change the way they invest in nonprofits. His belief that donors are uniquely positioned to give charities what they truly need – leadership rather than money – is the basis for his work with individuals, governments, corporations and foundations, in the U.S., Europe, Asia & Middle East. Jimmy, in
his role as author, speaker, corporate CEO & nonprofit CEO champions all of civil society’s vital causes by facilitating acts of benevolence that bring healing to humanity and advance our common good. Now, in his twenty-seventh year of service, his message that money is more important than mission and donors are more important than people or causes has resonated with policy institute scholars, social activists, doctoral students, business leaders, think tanks, nonprofit and NGO executives who rely on him and his team of veterans to meaningfully grow their charitable enterprise.
He’s the author of RE-IMAGINING PHILANTHROPY: Charities Need Your Mind More Than Your Money™ written to philanthropists who give nonprofits what they really need...enterprise models that grow capacity and achieve financial sustainability. He’s the architect of the Major Gifts Ramp-Up™ Donor Cultivation Model & Online Cloud used by charities around the world to meet the needs of their primary customers – the advocates, donors and volunteers who underwrite their mission. Finally, Jimmy is the founder of both Development Systems International™ and PAX Global™ firms that specialize in implementing the Major Gifts Ramp-Up Model for nonprofits, ministries and churches who raise major gifts.
James P. LaRose has served as a specialist with the U.S. State Department’s Speakers Bureau traveling the world working with embassies, foreign governments, and leaders to promote philanthropy and civil society in developing countries. He was the founding President of the Western Maryland Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), and is a graduate of AFP’s Faculty Training Academy (FTA). He is a graduate of Indiana University’s Executive Leadership Program, Indianapolis, IN, the National Planned Giving Institute, Memphis, TN, Tennessee Temple University, Chattanooga, TN and Word of Life Bible Institute, Schroon Lake, NY. Dr. LaRose received his Doctorate in Philanthropic Studies from Ecumenical University. Rev. LaRose was ordained as minister of the gospel by the Ecumenical Church of Christ in further support of his service to the hurting and hopeless around the world. He and his beautiful wife Kristi are citizens of the Palmetto State where they make their home in Lexington, South Carolina.
Hall and began his business career in Decatur, Georgia with Powell & Company Insurance, a multiple-lines general insurance agency, founded by Halls’ grandfather, George W. Powell. For five years, Hall developed skills in in how to develop long-term relationships with individuals and corporations, putting the needs of policy-holders as the priority foundation for success. He built his business by understanding that success was determined by identifying a need, meeting the need, and stewarding relationships with his clients.
Success in the insurance industry led Hall to accept an offer from Johnson & Johnson to manage a territory for a new manufacturing division of medical/surgical supplies for hospitals, and physicians. Hall’s success in this new opportunity required (1) a preferred product because of uniqueness and performance, (2) a way to effectively market the products to users and suppliers, and (3) a manufacturer/customer relationship built on trust. These same principles would eventually accompany Hall into the nonprofit sector.
Hall was ordained for pastoral ministry by the Southern Baptist Convention, a role in which he served for nine years. The pastoral experience instilled within him the desire to help other churches and faith-based, nonprofit organizations acquire and develop resources for their ministries.
One day in 1983 he received a phone call that was to result in a new direction for the “calling” upon his life.
A good friend of Hall had decided to run for the U.S. Congress. Hall was asked to raise funds for the campaign. The fundraising campaign was successful, exceeding goal. Because of the successful campaign, Hall was referred to Ketchum, Inc. in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. Hall was invited to join the firm, and serve the firm out of its newly established regional office in Charlotte, NC. After a year of on-the-job training, he was assigned to direct, what was at that time, the largest capital campaign conducted in Charlotte. The $10 million campaign to fund a youth and young adult alcohol and drug treatment facility exceeded its goal. The Board of Directors asked Hall to establish and serve as the CEO of a supporting foundation. It would serve as the fundraising arm of the organization. The Amethyst Foundation was established.
During his time at Amethyst Foundation, Hall helped establish the first National Society of Fundraising Processionals (NSFRE) – later renamed Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) chapter in Charlotte, NC, as he did so again In Wilmington, NC a few years later. Hall was awarded the Certified Fund-Raising Executives (CFRE) designation in 1989 while earning his MBA in the first Executive MBA program at Winthrop University. Soon after he graduated from Winthrop, Hall was invited to participate in the College of Business as an adjunct professor.
Soon after his retirement to Kure Beach, NC, Hall was introduced to Jimmy LaRose and the Major Gifts Ramp Up model that is offered and implemented for nonprofit clients through Development Systems International (DSI). Seeing how the donor-sensitive model of major gifts fundraising reflected his own convictions, and ethical principles of helping clients build long-term relationships with donors, while helping clients to achieve financial stability, Hall joined DSI as Senior Vice-President, and continues to serve clients through his cohort of fellow consultants.
Carol’s love for people and the nonprofit industry is what drives her desire to mentor others to help change the world. With the service of others being at the heart of what she does, Carol has over 15 years of working with non-profits in the community. A public speaker, a nonprofit CEO, a Certified Life Coach and mentor she loves working with people to grow their vision. Carol is considered an innovative leader by her peers. Carol has managed successful campaigns and enjoyed being a part of the nonprofit industry overall. She has been a part of numerous panels for teaching about Board development, recruitment and retention along with many other topics from Volunteer Leadership to Program Management and Development. She shares her expertise with other business leaders through great communication and creativity and expert teaching skills. Her “can do” attitude, enthusiasm for service to others and entrepreneurial spirit is a key for success for those she works with.
Louis Fawcett serves as President of the National Association of Nonprofit Organizations and Executives (NANOE), President of PAX Global and Senior Counselor for Development Systems International. With more than 20 years’ experience leading churches and non-profit organizations, Louis Fawcett offers a unique set of faith based, domestic and international leadership and fundraising skills. Louis was raised in Farmville, Virginia and matriculated at Randolph-Macon College where he received a BA and finished as valedictorian of his graduating class. He then earned a MA at Wake Forest University where he wrote his theses on the theology of predestination and free will during the Lutheran Reformation. Following his studies at Wake Forest, Louis was called to enter the ministry and completed his Master of Divinity at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, SC. Louis served at St. Matthew’s Lutheran in Charleston, SC where he participated in capital campaign leadership.
Rev. Fawcett began non-profit service through his work at Christian World Foundation where he raised support for orphans and school children in China, Russia and Ethiopia for six years, raising more than $10 million. During the Great Recession, Louis led a successful capital campaign to build a children’s home in Ethiopia. This is where he learned that the river of philanthropy is deep and wide and he often says, “there are no excuses when it comes to raising money.”
Following the 2010 earthquake, Louis transitioned to Haiti Children, a non-profit serving special needs orphans and school children in Haiti. He developed capacity for five feeding programs, three schools, a technical college and a special needs orphanage outside of Port au Prince. He created Promise 126, an initiative to sponsor 126 special needs orphans under the care of Haiti Children and raised more than $7 million in three years. In 2013, Louis accepted the position of Senior Vice President of Principal Gifts at EdVenture. In addition to securing funds for EdVenture’s work in Columbia, Louis blazed the trail for EdVenture to expand locations in Hartsville and Myrtle Beach. Louis also forged collaborations to expand EdVenture’s work in under resourced communities throughout South Carolina. This work included capacity building for the EdVenture Health RV, after school programs, professional development for teachers and the Future Leaders Youth Development Program in rural counties of South Carolina. Louis oversaw more than $10 million in philanthropy over four years.
Through his work with NANOE, DSI and PAX Global, Louis has served nonprofits all over the United States including California, New York, Florida, Alabama, Ohio, Missouri, Mississippi, the Carolinas, Georgia, Virginia, Wisconsin, Colorado, Maryland and Louisiana. While his primary focus has been international aid and faith-based organizations, Louis is also passionate about raising money for education and the arts.
When asked what motivates him, Louis replied, “I wake up every day trying to figure out how to change and save more lives. That is my agenda. In this world, the only way to maximize impact to change and save lives for generations is with money. The more money we raise, the more children and families we can help. Email and social media don’t count; the way to raise millions of dollars is to pick up the phone, meaningfully engage a donor and meet them where they are – spiritually, mentally and geographically.”
Kristi began her nonprofit career in retail management with Goodwill Industries, where she discovered she had a heart to serve the disadvantaged members of her community. This journey led her to take a position as Program Director for a residential shelter for women where she successfully performed social work services ensuring these precious individuals built a new and productive life. In 2013, she became the head of accounting for Development Systems International, and was them promoted to Vice President of Operations. She serves on the Board of Directors of National Development Institute (NDI) and volunteers with the National Association of Nonprofit Organizations and Executives (NANOE).
Kristi has dedicated her life to the charitable sector ensuring that “all creatures great and small”, experience a life worth living. She is fond of sharing, “Find a need and meet it. Make a promise and keep it.” Kristi is a Bonnie McElveen-Hunter member of the Tiffany Circle of the American Red Cross. In 2017, CityLight International recognized her as World Circle Associate in honor of her global philanthropy and travel to foreign communities in need.
In 2019 Rev. Kristi LaRose was ordained as a minister of the Gospel by Ecumenical Church of Christ and spends countless hours serving senior citizens throughout the southeast. She enjoys scuba diving, golfing, and spending time with family and friends. Kristi is a native of the Palmetto State and makes her home in Lexington, SC with her husband, Jimmy LaRose.
Anne Munson, M.Ed., CNC has over 15 years of experience in nonprofit management, higher education administration, and private industry. She began her professional career in higher education administration, spanning both large public and small private schools, and currently leads a human services nonprofit in Florida. Anne's experience includes Organizational and Board Development; Community Advocacy and Public Relations; Fundraising and Grantwriting; Volunteer Services; Program and Event Development; Database and Website Management; Systems and Personnel Management; Marketing; and Corporate Relations. She has been nationally recognized in nonprofit association management for her work in education, certification, and membership development. Over the course of her career, Anne has managed organizations from with 100+ employees, coordinating the recruitment and services of 200+ volunteers. She has served as a community college adjunct faculty member, and as a trainer in leadership, technology, marketing, and sales.
Redfern II recently named AFP’s Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year has served as the Chief Executive Officer in a diverse array of companies worldwide. He is known for his innovative leadership and management skills. He has a demonstrated track record of providing companies with the leadership, organizational and operational tools for sustained profitable growth. Redfern is the founder, president and publisher of Juju Publishing Company. The company published a national magazine and community newspapers in 7 metro areas of South Carolina. He served as president of a ground maintenance company which he grew from 5 employees to 600 with service contracts on military installations in 8 states. He has successfully managed political campaigns from the local magistrate office to statewide and congressional offices. He has served in operational capacities in several Presidential campaigns. He was a Reagan presidential appointee to the transitional team assigned to the U.S. Department of Transportation. He is a former Board member of the United Way with a 30 year service history. Redfern has held several executive volunteer United Way campaign positions.He has further served the nonprofit sector as president of two community based organizations. In each case he substantially increased funding, service delivery and organizational efficiency. Redfern is a denominational leader of the Ecumenical Church. He has served as the International director of CityLight and Cross Style International ministries. As the director of CityLight he organized a chain of worldwide prayer cells covering the 8 regions of the world. In his position at Cross Style he developed the strategic plan for 125 Bible training centers in 22 countries. Redfern is known worldwide as “The Catalyst.” He makes things happen!
Although, Pamela says she began her nonprofit career at the age of eight as a preacher’s daughter, her professional career with nonprofit organizations officially began as the Executive Director of a local arts council in her hometown almost 25 years ago. During her 5-year tenure, the arts council saw a 200% growth in revenue and programming . Though recruited back to banking—her first professional career, her passion for nonprofits only grew. She has been appointed by the past three governors of Oklahoma to serve on the Oklahoma Community Service Commission (OCSC); serves on the national board of America’s Service Commissions, and has served on the board of directors for more than twenty-five nonprofit organizations. A United Way enthusiast for more than two decades, Pamela has served in every volunteer capacity, as well as being an agency Director. She has led a record-breaking campaign as a volunteer, and as the CEO, has helped guide her own organization to begin Impact Initiatives. This work has resulted in new heights in both giving and also community collaborations. Pamela is currently the chair of the OCSC, a member of the Enid Civil Service Commission, the Enid Metropolitan Human Service Commission, the Cherokee Strip Community Foundation, and an adjunct instructor at Autry Technology Center. She is a proud two-time graduate of the University of Oklahoma, where she was named the Outstanding Senior while earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Administrative Leadership and later earned her Master’s in Human Relations with an emphasis in Community Service. Last year she was featured in the University’s Insight magazine for her work with nonprofits. She is a zealous advocate for growing future givers and has recently co-written a children’s book with her grandchildren to encourage early philanthropic discussions between adults and children.
Debbie began her nonprofit experience with United Way over 30 years ago with her first United Way campaign. Since then she has been a volunteer in numerous capacities for United Way of Decatur and Mid-Illinois including, facilitating the investment process, campaign cabinet, volunteer of the year, and served on the Board of Directors. After volunteering for many years, Debbie became the Resource Development and Marketing Director prior to becoming the President of the organization in 2012. She has led the organization to new levels since her tenure. She secured 10 years of funding for the information referral line 211 in three counties. This is the only 211 system that is fully funded from outside sources. Debbie is also on the Board of directors for the national brain aneurysm awareness non-profit organization The Lisa Colagrossi Foundation. Debbie’s role has been to assist with strategic planning, social media, and to launch a survivor webinar. She is also the volunteer coordinator for the largest food drive in the United States, bringing in over 1.5 million pounds of food in one day with over 300 volunteers during a 12 hour fundraiser. Her vast experience includes Board Development, Public Relations, Marketing, Corporate Relations, and all aspects of Fundraising.
On September 11, 2001, Steve Jaramillo was working as a narcotics investigator. The events of that day lead him to become a US Army Ranger. As an Army Ranger and a graduate of Ranger School, Steve takes the lessons he learned in training and combat and relates them to his audiences in a clear and concise manner. Steve has over 3000 hours of law enforcement and military training and applies them to nonprofit management, team building and fundraising development. From his time in the military and 18 years in law enforcement Steve has developed a common sense philosophy that can be summed up in three words; Be, Know, and Do. From these words derive the leadership philosophy that has helped the military and law enforcement leadership be successful and create units and departments that thrive in difficult environments. Steve has a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, a Master’s of Public Administration and is a Certified Nonprofit Consultant (CNC). He has been awarded the Combat Infantryman’s Badge and a Bronze Star with “V” device for Valor. Steve has been the CEO of Greater Valdosta United Way and currently serves as the Assistant Director for the Lowndes Advocacy Resource Center. He also serves as treasurer of South Georgia Nonprofit Network and sits on many charitable boards in the Greater Valdosta Community. Steve speaks regularly on the topics of fundraising, leadership, team building and community involvement.
Hello fundraisers, nonprofit executives and board members, and fellow learners. I want to help you with all your fundraising needs. So I can learn more about you and your concerns, please fill out my brief questionnaire, and I will send you some solutions to your needs.
But first, let me introduce myself so you can learn more about me. At about the age of about ten, I started writing short stories, so I guess I always loved to write. Seven decades later, I am proud to say I am an accomplished (and more importantly, published) author, having had more than thirty books published. Read more about my nonprofit books, and how they can help you find the answers you need. And check out Articles by Linda.
Although I never thought I’d be a teacher, I’ve come to love helping people gain the knowledge they need to succeed. I’m proud to say I’ve trained more than 50,000 development professionals in Canada, Mexico, Egypt, Bermuda, and most of the fifty states in the US, in addition to leading hundreds of virtual training programs with a worldwide audience. I am especially proud of my comprehensive Online Courses, which provide you with an easy and affordable way you learn the skills you need. Check them out on the Courses by Linda page.
Why am I the one to help you? I am one of slightly more than 100 professionals worldwide to hold the Advanced Certified Fund Raising Executive designation. In my thirty-plus years as a philanthropic consultant, I have managed capital campaigns that have raised more than $50,000,000, helped hundreds of nonprofit organizations achieve their development goals, I am a graduate of Alvernia University, with majors in banking and finance and theology/philosophy, and a minor in communications. I am also a Master Teacher, graduating from AFP’s Faculty Training Academy. I served on the Association of Fundraising Philanthropy (AFP) Foundation for Philanthropy Board and the Professional Advancement Division for AFP. I am a past president of the Eastern Pennsylvania and Sierra (Nevada) AFP chapters. I received the Outstanding Fundraiser of the Year award from the Eastern Pennsylvania, Las Vegas, and Sierra (Nevada) chapters of AFP, was honored with the Barbara Marion Award for Outstanding Service to AFP and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Las Vegas AFP chapter.
While my consulting practice is limited because of my active teaching and writing career, I take on a limited number of clients each year and offer coaching services.
During Joanne’s 30+ years working in the nonprofit arena, she has held positions from volunteer to executive director in both small and large organizations. Integrating fundraising with strategic planning, marketing, operations, and financial systems, she builds up organizational revenue streams. Her exceptional interpersonal, communication, planning, and organizational skills help improve financial stability and sustainability efforts. Joanne holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Bethany University where she graduated cum laude. Her master’s degree is in health administration from Wilkes University, where she graduated with distinction. Her first job out of graduate school was at Maternal and Family Health Services, where she raised $200,000 in six months. She moved on to the March of Dimes Central Jersey Chapter, where she oversaw the grants review process and ensuing allocation of funding. Her next position was at Prevent Child Abuse New Jersey, where she oversaw a $1.2 million federal grant. Later, she worked at Community Access Unlimited, first as a development director then as an assistant executive director for business development. During her twelve years at Community Access, she raised $14.8 million, 42 percent of it representing new funding. The pinnacle of her nonprofit management career was as executive director of Caring Contact, a suicide prevention hotline. While there, she doubled contributed revenue and increased assets tenfold. With a collaborative approach, Joanne specializes in helping nonprofits improve the return on their fundraising investment, usually more than quadrupling performance. Past clients include the Rhode Island Parent Information Network, New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra. Family to Family Network of New Jersey, Christian Health Care Ministry Renewal Center, Christian Reformed World Relief Committee, 200 Club of Union County, Westfield United Fund, Friends of Gold Butte, Braver Angels, Set Point Tennis Organization, No Means No Worldwide, Next Door Solutions, Sound Start Foundation, Blue Sage Center for the Arts, and Calvin Crest. Joanne envisions a world where mission-driven organizations are equipped with the tools and infrastructure necessary to financially sustain themselves. Her unbridled passion for what she does is obvious to all who meet her. Joanne is creator of The High ROI Fundraising series and co-creator of the Nonprofit Quick Guide series. She has authored or coauthored more than twenty books. She has been a grants reviewer for the United States Department of Education and the Union County Department of Human Services. She was a founding member of the Union County Nonprofit Consortium. By gubernatorial appointment, she served on the New Jersey Behavioral Health Planning Council for four years. By Freeholder appointment, she served as part of the Union County Alliance Steering Subcommittee of which she was president for two years. She has also been a volunteer trainer for the Center for Nonprofit Success, Charity Channel University, Grants Professional Association-New Jersey Chapter, North Jersey Health Collaborative, and Union County Nonprofit Consortium. Joanne values authenticity above all else. She is known for her forthright honesty and adherence to high moral standards. She and her husband live in Florida on the space coast. They can see rocket launches from the back lanai. They enjoy traveling and like to visit their three children and four grandchildren whenever they can. They are also avid national park fans, with close access to the Indian River Lagoon, Jetty Park, and the Cape Canaveral National Seashore, where you can often find them observing the local wildlife.
With nearly 10 years of comprehensive experience in the clinical counseling and nonprofit fields, Amanda offers a client-centered and mission-driven approach to tackling the modern challenges faced by nonprofit leadership. Amanda was born and raised in Ohio and attended Miami University where she received a BA in Psychology. She then earned a MA in Clinical Counseling at Columbia International University (CIU)) in South Carolina. Focusing on trauma and addiction counseling, Amanda’s clinical internships included equine-assisted psychotherapy supporting children and families through the EGALA model and intensive outpatient groups supporting men and women in addiction recovery. During her time at CIU, Amanda discovered her treatment paradigm to be one of identity formation. Through the power of the therapeutic alliance, Amanda helped clients explore the question, “Who were you created to be?”
Amanda’s passion for a holistic approach to treatment led her to work in private practice and several local Columbia schools supporting children who survived physical and sexual trauma. In addition to practicing trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, she provided crisis intervention and suicide assessments. She advocated for these children to receive the necessary wrap-around services during their healing process.
Realizing that the most vulnerable populations are severely underserved, Amanda transitioned to a nonprofit career where she continued to serve at-risk children in need of support, services, and advocates. Amanda joined the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Columbia (BBBSGC) team as the Programs Director. She brought a unique perspective to the BBBSGC mission and improved training, educational opportunities, and program metrics utilizing her clinical skill set and client-centered approach to services. She was promoted to President/CEO and, over her career, developed over $230,000 in funding to support Big Brothers Big Sisters one-on-one mentorship programs.
Amanda always had a passion for the pro-life movement. She believes that change begins with protecting the innate value and integrity of human life and many modern social issues can be addressed through strengthening the family system. Through her clinical experience, she treated children whose mental and physical well-being had deteriorated due to broken family systems and a disregard for the sanctity of life. That passion grew into a fire and Amanda joined Daybreak LifeCare Center as the Executive Director at the onset of the COVID-19 national shutdown. Familiar with crisis management, she immediately created policies and procedures to protect the health and safety of her team and continue serving the community with free-of-charge ultrasounds, pregnancy tests, and counseling services.
Tim is an elder in the Free Methodist Church. He is on the boards for Men’s Ministry International and Set Free Movement and ex-officio of a number of ministry boards through his current role. He has also served on the board of directors for Holy Light Seminary, Kaohsiung, Taiwan and has served as a delegate to the Free Methodist General Conference and a board member and delegate for the Light and Life Church and Wabash Conference. Tim is available as a public speaker to preach, teach and share by encouraging others to more fully follow Jesus in all areas of their faith and stewardship journey.
Tim is a graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University and has spent more than twenty-five years educating himself in the area of finances, planned giving and estate planning. He is a graduate of Gift College, Crescendo Interactive (www.giftcollege.com) and is a Certified Gift Planning Professional (CGPP). He is a graduate of the National Planned Giving Institute from the college of William and Mary. He has taught Successful Money Management from a Biblical Perspective at the University level. Topics include building a foundation according to God’s Economy, budgeting, retirement, saving, college planning and estate planning.
Jeremy Hahn has worked with thousands of kids and their families and dozens of charitable organizations in his 20-plus-year career as a non-profit leader and minister. Jeremy is married and has five children, all boys. After two biological sons, he and his wife began their journey as foster parents and adopted three more. Jeremy's most recent work included creating a charitable organization that served more than 35,000 kids daily while he supervised 300+ employees. A philanthropic entrepreneur, he has started or helped build several nonprofits and charitable businesses throughout his career. After being recognized as one of the Men of the Year in his home city and receiving the title, "Out of School Time Champion" by Share our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign, he has focused his work to assist charitable organizations in building their capacity.
Jackson M. Doggette Jr. is The Solutions Expert. His God-given gifts, formal education, and real-world experience uniquely qualify him to serve the nonprofit sector with excellence. Jackson has tested with the CliftonStrengths Assessment and his top five strengths are Maximizer, Strategic, Learning, Achiever, and Ideation. His strongest domain is as a strategic thinker. He has also tested with the Myers-Briggs Assessment and is an ENTJ, a natural leader. These God-given gifts have served his clients very well in helping them achieve their most desired goals. Jackson’s formal education includes earning a B.A. in Theology from Oakwood University, a M.A. in Religion with a concentration in Theology, Ethics, and Philosophy from the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary, and a J.D. from the prestigious Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School. He has earned certifications as a mediator, Nonprofit Executive, Development Executive, Nonprofit Consultant, Diversity Professional, Specialist in Planned Giving, and he has completed the classwork for the Certified Financial Planner designation and LL.M. in Employment Law along with other certificate courses. Jackson is an ordained Seventh-day Adventist minister with more than 42 years of leadership experience in nongovernmental organizations. He has planted churches and led small and large churches, served in several executive positions including Director of Stewardship & Philanthropy, served on numerous community boards and chambers of commerce, and continues to positively impact thousands of lives around the world. The experience of growing ministries led Jackson to write a book to help ministries to grow. Retaining the Harvest: How to Attract, Engage, and Keep the People Who Join Your Ministry is a unique treatise that can help thousands of congregations large and small that have plateaued. He is the creator of the Retaining the Harvest System™, the RTH Mastery Program, and the RTH Mastermind Group. He is an international keynote speaker and professional musician. Jackson is the Founder of Life SOULutions, a nonprofit ministry designed to help people live their best life! Jackson holds active licenses to practice law in four jurisdictions, a United States federal court and the United States Supreme Court Bar. He has practiced law since 1993. In his career, he has served as In-House Counsel for the largest hospital system in Florida, General Counsel to a church organization with 182 congregations, 11 private schools, three adult assisted living facilities, and other auxiliary organizations, and in private practice. This experience helps him to spot issues and help resolve them expeditiously for many types of nonprofit organizations. Jackson is a founding board member of the National Association of Nonprofit Organizations & Executives (NANOE) headquartered in Washington, D.C. Jackson is very happily married to Celia and they share three wonderful adult children, David, Jacquelyn, and Jackson III.