Winkler Group Hires Veteran Fundraiser

Charleston—The Winkler Group has hired seasoned fundraiser James Tyson as Senior Consultant and head of the firm’s Atlanta office. Mr. Tyson has served the nonprofit sector with distinction for more than two decades and has been directly involved in capital campaign that have raised more than $650 million for nonprofit organizations and universities.

Before joining the Winkler Group, Mr. Tyson served in leadership positions at institutions of higher learning and community-based nonprofits.  As Chief Advancement Officer at Morehouse College, he built an advancement team that created new donor relationships and increased support for the College.  At the University of Florida, Mr. Tyson successfully increased giving by 80% during the first year of the University’s campaign. 

“James brings impeccable credentials to our team,” says Tim Winkler, Principal and CEO of the Winkler Group.   “He is a leader in the field of philanthropy and has already helped numerous universities and nonprofit organizations reach new heights.  He’ll bring his talents, energy, and expertise to our clients.”

Mr. Tyson increased giving to the United Negro College Fund by 600% in five years.  As Vice President for Development at the Central Florida YMCA, he oversaw the successful completion of several capital campaigns that grew the organization’s infrastructure.  He has successfully secured multiple seven-figure gifts, as well as a $15 million corporate gift.

A published author who recognizes the importance of campaign branding, Mr. Tyson has designed and implemented comprehensive strategic fundraising plans that have successfully incorporated all aspects of a successful fundraising operation from database administration to leadership solicitations to campaign marketing.

Mr. Tyson received a B.A. degree from Morehouse College and professional certifications from Dartmouth College and Harvard Business School.  He was an Administrative Fellow finalist at Harvard University.  He has been a Certified Fund Raising Executive since 1997.

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