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For more than 35 years Jim has worked with philanthropists at Bowling Green State University, Mayo Clinic and the University of Colorado. Focusing on gifts of significance, Jim has worked primarily with benefactors who have given more than one million dollars to the institutions he has served. He has been labeled a reflective practitioner, an individual who not only inspires philanthropy but also seeks to advance the best practices for the profession.
Jim has been a long standing member of the faculty at Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis, an instructor in The Fund Raising School at IUPUI, and is a frequent key note speaker and lecturer on the topics of values-based philanthropy, transformational philanthropy, and working with entrepreneurs as philanthropists. He is the author of the chapter entitled "Gifts of Significance" in the publication Achieving Excellence in Fund Raising by Jossey-Bass and a distinguished lecturer at the Lake Institute for Faith and Philanthropy. In addition to his teaching, Jim also is a consultant and coach in the field of philanthropy.