Jenny Jones, Ph.D.

Vice President

“Embrace the true meaning of philanthropy as love of humankind. Remember that your donors are humankind; you must love them if you want to be a part of philanthropy. Otherwise, you’re just transacting business.”
- Claire Axelrad, J.D., CFRE


Jenny Jones, Vice President, offers over 17 years of experience planning and implementing programs, events and activities. She is skilled in building excellent rapport with alumni, donors, university personnel and team members, and has the ability to analyze situations for problematic issues and create new structures that streamline operations and improve efficiency. Prior to joining GG+A, she was a Senior Strategist for Institutional Advancement at Ellucian, where she was responsible for the development and delivery of strategic consulting services at senior levels in colleges and universities across the globe.

She has comprehensive knowledge of designing, documenting and managing the implementation of systematic and integrated philanthropic programs and events; developing individuals into high-functioning teams; and building/sustaining relationships with constituents. Furthermore, she has demonstrated expertise in supporting philanthropic efforts at top notch fundraising programs at the University of Kentucky, Duke Medicine Development and Alumni Affairs and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Jenny possesses substantial experience in assisting clients with the improvement of overall performance by effectively aligning solutions with each institution’s unique strategic direction. She is an expert in facilitating tactical workshops to support the use of technology to transform and modernize institutional fund-raising processes; engage alumni and use best practices to meet institutional goals and objectives. She has in-depth fundraising knowledge gained from her work with institutional executives, top donors, and key influencers on building strategies to meet goals for constructing a prospect pipeline, fundraising, alumni engagement, and donor management/retention as well as ways to effectively manage boards of visitors/directors, and planning/implementing complex multi-level events.

She has conducted CRM Readiness In-Depth discoveries, Change Leadership workshops and Advancement Assessments at a variety of institutions including the University of South Florida, Memphis University, Macalester College, Purdue University, Morehead State University, Swarthmore College, Lee University, Pearl River Community College and Delta State University. An active volunteer, Jenny presents on a variety of topics at conferences such as the UNC System Advancement Symposium, Association of Advancement Services Professionals (AASP) Summit, the Academic Event Professionals Conference, and varying conferences hosted by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). She is a founding member of the Academic Event Professionals Advisory Board, served as secretary for the Association of Donor Relations Professionals national board and is a former member of the CASE District III Opportunity and Inclusion Task Force. Jenny received her BA and MA from Appalachian State University, as well as her Ph.D. in higher education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is a member of the Appalachian State Alumni Council, Association of Advancement Services Professionals, and Council for Advancement and Support for Education.


  • Columbia University in the City of New York
  • Dalhousie University
  • Indiana University
  • Macalester College
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Polytechnic School
  • University of Victoria
  • Westtown School
Areas of Expertise
  • Advancement Services
  • Alumni Relations
  • CRM/Database Implementation
  • Event Planning
  • Institutional Strategic Planning

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