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-fifth 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 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 financially underwrite their mission.
He’s the founder of National Development Institute™, a 501(c)3 public benefit charity established in 1990 that insures funders, granting organizations and corporations safeguard their mission by building capacity within charities who serve the human welfare, education, health care, arts & environmental sectors.
He’s the designer of the Certified Nonprofit Consultant™ Credentialing Program providing veteran practitioners the training and certification they require to lead nonprofits to greater success.
He’s the inventor of DonorScope™ an online prospect research platform used by charities to identify major donors who give big gifts to great dreams that are backed by a sound plan.
He’s the creator of Sector Access™ a preferred vendor program for businesses who serve the charitable sector with cost-efficient superior services nonprofits need to accomplish their important mission.
Finally, Jimmy is the CEO 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. Jimmy is a huge fan of Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) and was not only recognized in the mid-90s as one of America’s youngest development officers to achieve CFRE designation but was also called upon by CFRE as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) to write test questions for the CFRE Exam. 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 the Word of Life Bible Institute, Schroon Lake, NY. 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.