serves as independent counsel to non-profit organizations. He is also
a dynamic lecturer, writer and facilitator. Jim does
presentations and seminars on many topics including: Annual Appeals,
Appeal Letters, Public Relations, Boards, Strategic Planning, Membership/Constituency
Issues, Newsletters, Development/Fundraising Issues, and others.
His strong focus is to allow organizations to understand the importance
of individual constituency building as the cornerstone of financial
He is the author of the “C-PET” Annual Appeal system
used by hundreds of non-profits.
services include developing and authoring annual appeals; capital
campaign leadership and support; planning and implementing public relations
programs; newsletters; board training and retreats; designing board
development programs; training in personal solicitation; training and/or
directors; providing organizational analysis; general non - profit
management /development issues, etc. He has facilitated numerous board "retreats," planning
sessions and non-profit seminars.
and permanent faculty member of the Institutes for Non-profit
he has been an Institute presenter since 1988.
Institute’s unique one on one approach to attending organizations,
Jim has assisted over 3000 organizations in addressing their funding
concerns while training them in basic planning and development practices.
In addition to
his work with secular organizations Jim has been a pioneer in working
with religious or “faith based” non-profits. Through The Urban Impact Institute, Jim trained hundreds of small faith based
organizations over the Institute’s seven year existence and worked
with hundreds since.
Jim provides technical
assistance and training services for foundations, corporations and
grantees. Corporate/Foundation/Government clients
include Arco Chemical, Bell Atlantic, The US Department of Labor, Blue
and Blue Shield (Pennsylvania & North Carolina), Tiger Foundation,
Huston Foundation, Savannah Foundation, Phoenixville Community Health
Foundation and The Templeton Foundation.
non-profit clients have included The Foundation Center, MEDA, Public/Private
Ventures, North Carolina Blue Cross and Blue Shield’s
Caring Foundation, The New Jersey State Aquarium, The Center for Literacy,
Billy Graham, The Elywn Institutes, Habitat for Humanity, The University
of Delaware, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, St. Joseph’s
Carpenter Society, Young Life, Mercy Ships, The Phoenixville Library,
The Children’s Seashore House, The Pennsylvania Council of Churches,
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia, The National Christian Choir, DC Cares,
The Chester Education Foundation, Artists in The Schools, New York
Cares, DC Cares, Eastern College, Philadelphia Bible College, The American
Theater Festival, The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, Jubilate
Deo Chorale and Orchestra, and more. Jim served as National Training
for Grantseeker.com, a web superportal. He is an adjunct professor
at Eastern University - teaching a Masters Course in Advanced Fundraising.
Prior to establishing his firm, Jim was Executive
Director of The Alan
Ameche Memorial Foundation; Director of Public Affairs and Assistant
to The Provincial for The Pallottine Religious Order; Director of Public
Relations and Marketing for International House of Philadelphia; Director
of Public Relations for Worldwide Marriage Encounter and Senior
Vice President and Editor for Marketplace Advertising. He has served as board
member and officer for many non-profit organizations. He was selected
by the Foundation Center as one of a select group of consultants to be
part of their Foundation Center's Fundraising Consultants Network.
his wife, Lynn, President of Lynn
Cummings Development Consultants (LCDC),
live in Pennsauken, New Jersey. They are the adoptive parents of
three grown children
and proud grandparents.