We Raise Foundation builds consciousness, community leadership, and capital. One of the many ways we do this is by providing regular skill building webinars on resource development led by expert practitioners. Interspersed with these skill building webinars, we encourage conversation and learning about issues at the intersection of poverty, violence, and inequality.

Featured Webinar

Retaining Excellent Fundraising Professionals

Developing a strong team is a vital element to establishing a successful development function. No matter how great the cause or service provided, it takes qualified development professionals to properly implement a successful fundraising strategy. In a fast paced and demanding environment it is often difficult to keep a working development team in place. This webinar will explore what it takes to retain successful development/fundraising professionals. We will explore how best to establish an environment that will enable your fundraising staff to thrive, but to also encourage them to remain a part of the team.



Jamil Fletcher and Tysus Jackson

Wednesday, May 16, 2018
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. CDT

Jamil Fletcher is an experienced professional with more than 25 years in marketing, sales, fundraising, media relations and program management in a variety of challenging positions. He specializes in managing fundraising/development activities such as corporate relations, major gifts, workplace giving (CFC, United Way, United Black Fund), special events, sponsorships, grant writing, membership, and direct mail. Fletcher was a member of the Children’s Hospital Foundation team that received a $150 million gift from the Government of Abu Dhabi, one of the largest gifts ever given to a children’s hospital in the United States. He has also worked with include Whitman-Walker Clinic (now Whitman-Walker Health), United Negro College Fund, National Minority AIDS Council, C-SPAN, and the DuPont Company.

A native of Wilmington, Del., Fletcher is a graduate of Howard University, Washington, DC, and Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, Ga. He currently serves on the board of Us Helping Us, a Washington, DC, based AIDS service organization.

Tysus Jackson has over 15 years of nonprofit and higher education experience in creating and growing fundraising and external affairs programs. She has spent most of her career working through complex major gifts. Jackson closed the largest gift in school history at Talladega College, Talladega, Ala., led two successful divisions at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va., during their $1 billion campaign, and was a member of the Children’s Hospital Foundation team that received a $150 million gift from the Government of Abu Dhabi.

As a practitioner and researcher, Jackson is passionate about inclusive and impactful philanthropy. Her research on African American giving was published in the International Journal of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Marketing. She has been a presenter at numerous conferences over her career.

Jackson holds a bachelor’s degree from Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Ind., and a master’s degree from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University Bloomington.

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