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James P. LaRose

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James P. LaRose, CFRE, CNC, known around the world as Jimmy LaRose the "Fundraiser's Fundraiser," continues to transform nonprofit executives tasked with the raising of money in a tumultuous 21st Century economy. His passion for the nonprofit sector is without bounds and his love for the leaders who serve is unparalleled. His heroes are those men and women of the charitable world who lay down their lives daily for the hurting and the hopeless. He’s spent the last twenty years supporting nonprofit sector executives, volunteers, staff and board members in the U.S., U.K., Europe, Asia, the Caribbean and Middle East who spend themselves in service to others. Jimmy is fond of sharing with professionals that, "Finances and resources chase after ideas, and there will always be generous people who will amply support a great dream backed by a sound plan."

Jimmy is the founder of the National Development Institute (a 501c3 nonprofit organization), Development Systems International LLC, PAX Global, eMedia Fundraising and NonprofitUniversity.tv. He is the author of the internationally recognized fundraising series MAJOR GIFTS RAMP-UP and is the designer of FIRMware, a complete back-office for nonprofit consultants. Jimmy led the design team that established Certified Nonprofit Consultant (CNC), a credentialing process that supports nonprofit executives committed to sharing their management experience with their peers. He is the co-founder of ProPlatforms, Inc. and nonprofitO.com, an online social media community network that supports citizens of the world committed to advancing the common good. He is the co-founder of DonorScope.com, a web-based research portal that identifies philanthropists, altruists, and leaders and their capacity to give to causes for which they personally care. Jimmy has been credentialed by the National Development Institute as a Certified Nonprofit Consultant (CNC) and holds the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) certification. He is 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) and has been named by the AFP as a “Subject Matter Expert” on the raising of money. Jimmy has also served as a specialist with the U.S. State Department's Speakers Bureau and has traveled the world working with embassies, foreign governments, and leaders to promote philanthropy and civil society in developing countries.

Jimmy 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 2010 to further support his service to the hurting and the hopeless around the world. Jimmy and his wife Dianne make their home in Columbia, SC and are blessed with three children and two grandchildren.