Thomas A. Edison
Jake is a senior consultant with CFA focused on major gifts strategy, planned giving and capacity building for nonprofits. Jake is a proven and resourceful development professional with over ten years of higher education fundraising at both private and public institutions. His experience includes annual giving, crowdfunding, data analytics, planned gifts, major gifts and campaign strategy.
Jake led fundraising efforts for the Arts Quarter at the University of Minnesota, representing the School of Music, the Marching Band, Department of Art, and Department of Theatre Arts and Dance. During his tenure, the School of Music had two of their largest fundraising years on record. He also launched the first-ever comprehensive campaign for the Marching Band. As a significant part of the campaign, Jake created a crowdfunding campaign for the band following their performance in the Super Bowl LII (2018) Halftime Show. Campaign success allowed the Marching Band to make their first regular season road trip in 22 years.
Jake gained major gift experience at the University of Northern Iowa, working primarily with the College of Business Administration, and with RuffaloCODY (now Ruffalo Noel Levitz) as a telemarketing consultant and manager. At RuffaloCODY, he led hiring, data analytics, segmentation, and implementation of a phone program for the institution. Jake is a former board member of the Panther Scholarship Club at the University of Northern Iowa and former President of the Association of Fundraising Professionals – Northeast Iowa Chapter.
A native of Perham, Minnesota, Jake loves the outdoors and especially enjoys being on the lake. He holds a Bachelor of Communication from Concordia College, where he met his wife. They have two children and share a love of folk and jazz music. She plays piano, violin and flute. He sings and plays bass.