Founder and President
Jim has steadily honed his fundraising and management skills for nonprofit organizations in a career that began in the early 1970s.
Following an extended tour of combat duty in Vietnam as a member of the 5th Special Forces Group, the Green Berets (Airborne), Jim created an Outward Bound-style program wherein returning Vietnam veterans worked with juvenile delinquents. He successfully led the Providence Program which ultimately became a National Exemplary Program.
While teaching anthropology and sociology on the university level, Jim consulted frequently on issues regarding fundraising organizational development and strategic planning. Working as Executive Vice President for a national firm in New Jersey, Jim provided counsel for a number of Catholic organizations on various fundraising initiatives.
Jim formerly served as Executive Director of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International as well as the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine Foundation. For more than 15 years he has provided fundraising direction for educational institutions, religious organizations, theaters, hospitals, social service organizations and many other nonprofit groups. In addition to fundraising, he consults frequently on issues regarding organizational development and strategic planning.
Jim earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in anthropology and sociology from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. He and his wife Sharon, who have been married for 40 years, have five children and eight grandchildren. In his free time Jim coached youth soccer for many years and is an ardent sailing enthusiast.
"Join with us in celebrating the inspiring, transformational power of Philanthropy!"
- Jim Radford
Holmes, Radford & Avalon, Inc.