E. James Kraus Jr. CFP, CFRE

E. James Kraus Jr. CFP, CFRE

Senior Consultant

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For Jim it has always been about taking things to a new level.  In his 40 years as a fundraising professional (and perhaps influenced by his nearly 30 years as both an active duty and reserve Air Force officer), Jim has consistently elevated expectations about the role of philanthropy in helping organizations achieve their missions, resulting in soaring levels of support.

Jim brings deep industry knowledge and an ambitious vision for success to each of his client engagements. Most recently, Jim provided resident interim fundraising counsel at Fisher College while Development Guild conducted their search for a Vice President of Advancement and Alumni Affairs. In this role, he spearheaded a number of critical initiatives: developing the scope for the College’s case for philanthropy; reviewing all staff’s development roles and expectations; reviewing all current fundraising policies and creating best practices for philanthropy; identifying the College’s prospect pool; and leaving a calendar of activities in place for the incoming VP – all of which prepared for a seamless transition for the College’s new leader.

Before joining our team, Jim served as Executive Director of Development at the Museum of Science, Boston where he helped formulate and implement the key strategies that drove the institution to complete its first comprehensive capital campaign in its 185-year existence, raising $288 million.  Following that effort, Jim negotiated the largest gift in the Museum’s history, a $50 million contribution from Michael Bloomberg and Bloomberg Philanthropies.  Jim’s previous experience includes 10 years as Senior Vice President of Development at North Shore Medical Center (NSMC), part of the Partners HealthCare System. During his tenure, Jim formed the NSMC Foundation and successfully completed three capital campaigns. Jim’s experience also includes serving as Vice President of Development at the Central Maine Healthcare System and Director of Development at Saint Michael’s College in Vermont. Jim’s consulting experience includes resident campaign counsel roles at the New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans and Children’s Friend and Family Services.

Jim received his B.A. from Saint Michael’s College and an M.A. from George Washington University. He is a Certified Fund-Raising Executive, a Certified Financial Planner, and a Director of the Lower Merrimack Valley Boys and Girls Clubs.  A longtime resident of Boston’s North Shore, outside of work Jim can be found relaxing near the water in his favorite Adirondack chair enjoying the company of family and friends.

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