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Jennifer McCrea
Jennifer McCrea is a Senior Research Fellow at the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard University and the founder of Exponential Fundraising( For the past 25 years, she has partnered with philanthropists, board members and nonprofit leaders to think more creatively and collaboratively about ways in which to align strategic direction and resources to address some of the most profound needs on the planet: improving health, caring for children, relieving global poverty, educating the leaders of tomorrow and supporting the transformation of people and organizations to enable the emergence of a just, peaceful, compassionate and sustainable world.

Jennifer has worked with many of the world’s leading nonprofit organizations and leaders, including Millennium Promise, Acumen Fund,, Grameen America, Council on Foreign Relations, Teach for America, Pencils of Promise, Witness, Mercy Corps, Comic Relief, X Prize Foundation, VH1 Save the Music Foundation, Creative Commons, VisionSpring, Robin Hood Foundation, New Profit, and many others.

Jennifer is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute, serves as an advisory board member of the MIT Media Lab, Berklee College City Music Program and the Blue School and is also a co-founder and board member of the Quincy Jones MusiQ Consortium, an organization that unites leaders in the music industry, nonprofit organizations, corporations, foundations and philanthropists to make music an ongoing part of the lives of children.

In September 2013, Jennifer’s book, "The Generosity Network," written with philanthropist Jeffrey C. Walker, will be published by Crown Publishing at Random House.

Entries by Jennifer McCrea

Before You Quit Your Job

(0) Comments | Posted March 27, 2013 | 7:03 PM

Half of fundraisers in the top job want to quit.

That's the bold headline from a study by the Chronicle of Philanthropy that was released in January. It was cause for a lot discussion about the dearth of fundraisers and why the profession is so seemingly broken.


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Generosity Without Expectation

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2012 | 8:18 PM

My 11-year-old stepdaughter attends a middle school for the performing arts in New York City. Recently, I wanted to do something special for her so I bought us pricey, third-row tickets to see the musical Jersey Boys. She loves music and dance and I figured this was a no-brainer. As...

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