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Senior Research Fellow
Hauser Institute for Civil Society
Harvard Kennedy School
79 JFK Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Jennifer McCrea is a senior research fellow at the Hauser Institute for Civil Society where she founded and leads the Course on Exponential Fundraising, a yearlong engagement with nonprofit leaders and development professionals.
She previously held leadership positions in two multi-billion dollar capital campaigns, at Case Western Reserve University and Washington University in St. Louis, and served as vice president for development at Dickinson College.
Through her workshops and consulting, she has worked with organizations including Millennium Promise, Grameen America, Teach for America, Mercy Corps, and Population Services International. She is a co-founder of the Quincy Jones Music Consortium, an organization making music an ongoing part of the lives of children across the United States, and is a board member of the Berklee College City Music Program.
She has a BA from Allegheny College, a master’s degree in nonprofit management from Case Western Reserve University, and is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute.
“Exponential Fundraising reconceptualizes fundraising as something that is not only mission critical, but a vehicle to fundamentally transform organizations and the people who are involved with them. Partnerships are designed from the start to be co-creative and generative – and strategy is built on a growing and continuous resource flow that is designed to break down walls, not create them.”