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Jerry Grimes, CFRE: Vice President

“Jerry is very engaging and perceptive in consulting with me. He brings experience and a valuable network that blesses our ministry more broadly than the specific areas of engagement. He is worth more than you pay him.”

Gary L. Bishop
Far Corners Missions

Jerry focuses on donor communications, donor intelligence research, marketing, branding, and strategic planning, all derived from his decades of experience in development, leadership and media.

How can donor communications systems be improved to boost a non-profit organization’s return on investment and provide stable income?  With careful planning and by applying time-tested, proven strategies, Jerry helps nonprofits design and execute a communications strategy designed to strengthen individual donor relationships and build a long-term community of support .

Applying solid, biblical stewardship principles, Jerry partners with churches, Christian non-profits and media organizations to attract and cultivate champions to support their causes while growing income. 

Currently Jerry is serving some of the largest Christian broadcasters in the country, including those serving listeners in New York, Baltimore, Chicago, Indianapolis, Seattle and Austin.   His work also includes growing support for missions agencies, conservative action groups, social service agencies and private schools.  

“Jerry focuses his energies on understanding client needs and consistently delivering exceptional value. Time after time, we would receive feedback from non-profit leadership teams who were delighted with Jerry's excellent work. I highly recommend him to accelerate income to meet the growth goals for your life-changing organization. You will not be disappointed.”

Mark Kordic, CCNL
Vice President Development
The Seed Company

Jerry enjoys writing, public speaking and ministry.  Ordained as a minister in the Independent Christian Church, Churches of Christ movement, Jerry holds the M.A. degree in Leadership from Columbia International University.  He has more than 30 years of experience combining media management, marketing and development.

Prior to Joining Advocace, Jerry served as Donor Marketing Director for WAY Media Group and Director of Development for the University of South Carolina School of Law.  He was also Executive Director for South Carolina Friends of Juvenile Justice, a non-profit he helped start and now serves as a member of its board of directors.

Jerry is the former General Manager for 89.7 WMHK, a National Association of Broadcasters Marconi Award winning station that was named “Station of the Year” during his tenure.

In addition to his work in non-profit organizations, Jerry helped promote local television stations to become market leaders in viewership.

“Jerry delivers results, not hype. He is passionate about advancing ministry and has helped our organization do just that. Jerry has tremendous knowledge and experience and I highly recommend him.” 

Barry Armstrong
Executive Vice President
Positive Alternative Radio

Since 1981, Jerry has been married to his high school sweetheart, Lisa Stewart-Grimes.  The couple resides in Columbia, South Carolina.  They have four grown children and one grandchild. 

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Jerry Grimes, CFRE

Discover more about the work that Jerry does for non-profit organizations with these sources.

Jerry's Blog:
The Development Evangelist

How To Fail At Major Gifts


You may have read your fair share of blogs, articles and even books on how to successfully raise major gift funds. I'm writing you today on just the opposite...  more...

My Excitement to Work with Christian Nonprofits


Do you wake up every morning with a specific, God-given vision for your ministry? As a life-long follower of Jesus, my goal each day is to help Christian...  more...

Local Christian Radio’s Three Part Plan


You and I have one thing in common: We both believe local Christian radio still changes lives. With smart phones, Pandora and Spotify, online listening...  more...

Three Big Mailing Mistakes


I’m on everybody’s mailing list. I give token gifts and sign up online so I can read the mail you are sending out. I learn a lot, and this time of year...  more...

Four Ways to Target Last Minute, Year-End Donors


It’s not too late to plan a year-end giving strategy. About one-third of donors typically wait until the week between Christmas and New Years to make their...  more...