CEO Profile


Jim Donovan, President/CEO

Jim Donovan is an author, consultant and trainer.  He has spent his entire professional life in philanthropy, beginning with his first staff position with the United Way in his hometown of Utica, New York. Prior to founding DMI in 1986, he held senior level staff positions with the United Negro College Fund, Tusculum College in Tennessee, East Tennessee State University, University of Central Florida and Clemson University.  Throughout his career he has guided organizations in raising over $300 million.

He¬†is the author of two best selling books ‚Äď Take The Fear Out of Asking For Major Gifts and 50 Ways To Motivate Your Board and has published articles in: Fund Raising Management, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Case Currents, Charitable Giving and Solicitation, The Orlando Sentinel (My Word Columns) and Metropolitan Universities Quarterly.¬† He is also editor of Resources, the DMI corporate newsletter.

A highly sought after facilitator, speaker and trainer, Mr. Donovan has presented at several International AFP (NSFRE) Education Conferences and Chapters from Miami to Portland, Oregon.¬† He is a founding member of the Central Florida Chapter of AFP (NSFRE) and served twice as Chapter President.¬† In 1987 the Chapter named him the Outstanding Fund Raising Executive of the Year. He was recently elected to the Chapter’s board as co-director for strategic planning.

Under his direction DMI has guided over 400 clients in assessing, establishing and running annual, major donor club and capital campaigns.  In 2002, the firm launched its ezScreen Prospect Research Service to assist clients in identifying major gift prospects. It has since added the Advanced Prospect Research Service for customized in-depth research on individual prospects and donors that clients believe have a greater capacity for giving. DMI is the only Florida-based firm offering this service.

A graduate of Wadhams Hall Seminary College in Ogdensburg, NY, he recently completed ten years of service as trustee and is now an emeriti trustee. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Human Rights Institute of the St. Thomas University School of Law in Miami and Pax Romana USA in Washington, D.C.