Paul Jolly Biography

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psj headshotI launched Jump Start Growth, Inc. in December, 2008, because I wanted to share the most sophisticated techniques of major gifts fund raising with organizations outside of the philanthropic mainstream.  My clients include advocacy and religious organizations, social services, community arts and education non profits. I am a regular contributor to the Asking Matters and Guidestar blogs.  I have lead workshops that have garnered top evaluations at the Center for Nonprofit Advancement, Maryland Nonprofits, various chapters of the Association of Fundraising Professional, the Nonprofit Finance Fund, and the Philadelphia Foundation.

Before establishing Jump Start Growth, I worked for 20 years as a development officer.

At the Maryland affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union I managed the Maryland component of a nation-wide $120 million campaign 2005-08.  The Wilderness Society employed me 1997-2003, building relationships with donors in the Mid-west who gave $1,000+.  My successes in that job included a $1 million solicitation.  I ran the development program and creating a successful $4 million capital campaign at Pendle Hill Quaker Study Center outside of Philadelphia from 1989-94.  My first job was at Scattergood Friends School in West Branch, Iowa, 1984-88.  The school gave me far more responsibility than a 24 year old has any right to, as Director of Development.  Four years later, with a successful (small) capital campaign under my belt and a love of major gifts fund raising, my path was clear and I have never stopped loving it or being curious about how to do it better.

I was raised in Oakland, California (except for 2 years in Izmir, Turkey when I was 11 and 12).

My religious community is the Adelphi Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends.  My BA (English) is from the University of Maryland.