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Jane Geever

Personal Statement

One of my earliest recollections is going door-to-door in our neighborhood seeking funds for the American Heart Association. You might say that fundraising and philanthropy is part of my DNA! My entire professional career has been focused on the nonprofit world. Hence it is my pleasure to be part of this Master of Science in Nonprofit Management program. Through it, I and my colleagues have the opportunity to work with future fundraising leaders, sharing the lessons we have learned and giving back to the field.


Jane C. Geever founded J.C. Geever, Inc. in 1975. The firm was the first woman-led fundraising company admitted into membership in the American Association of Fund Raising Counsel (AAFRC).

Among her achievements, Ms. Geever assisted in the creation of the certificate program in fundraising at New York University, spearheaded the first jobs bank at the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) International Conference and New York AFP's Fund Raising Day, and was appointed to the Independent Sector's ad hoc committee on Values and Ethics. Ms. Geever is a member of the Philanthropic Advisory Council for the Better Business Bureau in New York, the advisory council for the national project Funding Fundraising at Baruch College, and is active in the Independent Sector's Give Five Program in New York. She has been a member of the Board and officer of the National Society of Fund Raising Executives Institute (NSFRE) and of the AAFRC.

Ms. Geever has written widely on topics related to fundraising. She is the author of The Foundation Center's Guide To Proposal Writing, now in its sixth edition, and in support of this book, teaches workshops throughout the nation. She also lectures nationwide on subjects related to grantsmanship, volunteerism, and philanthropy. She is a member of the faculty of Columbia University where she teaches in their Master’s Degree Program on fundraising management.

Ms. Geever holds a Master's Degree from the New School for Social Research and she has done post graduate study in business management at Stanford University. She delivered the May 1989 Commencement address at the 71st Commencement of her Alma Mater, Seton Hill College in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, at which time she received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.