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James P. LaRose


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-seventh 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 author of RE-IMAGINING PHILANTHROPY: Charities Need Your Mind More Than Your Money™ written to philanthropists who give nonprofits what they really need…enterprise models that grow capacity and achieve financial sustainability.

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 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 founder of National Association of Nonprofit Organizations & Executives (NANOE) our Nation’s only unifying legislative body comprised of Governors nominated from all 50 States who oversee the codification of guidelines that govern sound charitable practice.

He’s the designer of the CNE, CDE & CNC™ Credentialing Program providing 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 donors who give big gifts to nonprofits.

He’s the founder of™ America’s Trusted Nonprofit News Source. Inside Charity curates news from respected nonprofit media outlets so sector leaders have a ONE-STOP NONPROFIT NEWS RESOURCE.

He’s the founder of National Giving Month which celebrates the ideologies, generosity and volunteerism of Americans during the month of December.

He’s the founder of 501c3.Buzz™ an online forum moderated by a nationwide network of academicians, practitioners & consultants who have dedicated their lives to advance the common good. https://501c3.Buzz

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. 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 Word of Life Bible Institute, Schroon Lake, NY. Dr. LaRose received his Doctorate in Philanthropic Studies from Ecumenical University. 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.

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