Recruiting, Training and Coaching the Next Generation of Fundraising Talent

Jason Lewis, CFRE & AFP Master Trainer, is the managing partner of BetterSchools LLC, an Austin-based firm partnering with private and independent schools throughout the United States. In addition to this role, Jason owns Lewis Fundraising, a company he founded and currently operates. Together with his team of fundraising professionals, Jason serves as fundraising counsel and professional solicitor for a growing network of Eastern and Central Pennsylvania non-profit organizations. Since graduating from Eastern University’s non-profit management program in 2010, Jason has been recertified as a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) and was recognized as a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Master Trainers.  Most recently, he graduated from the College of Executive Coaching. Jason is currently touring the United States presenting The Contrarian’s Guide to Effective Fundraising to non-profit audiences. His first book The War for Fundraising Talent, a discourse chronicling his provocative and proven fundraising philosophy, will be released in late 2017.

“What important truth do very few people agree with you on?” – Peter Thiel, Paypal Co-founder and Facebook’s First Outside Investor

When it comes to the fundraising, Jason Lewis believes the answer to Thiel’s contrarian question is that most fundraising plans are designed to fail. And while most fundraising plans reflect some of the dysfunction, Jason demonstrates how the inherent dysfunction has far greater implications for small shops. In an honest and thought-provoking fashion, Jason will challenge and inspire those who continue to dedicate themselves to the fundraising profession.