E. James Kraus Jr.

Senior Consultant

For Jim it has always been about taking things to a new level.  In his 40 years as a fundraising professional (and perhaps influenced by his nearly 30 years as both an active duty and reserve Air Force officer), Jim has consistently elevated expectations about the role of philanthropy in helping organizations achieve their missions, resulting in soaring levels of support.

Before joining our team, Jim served as Executive Director of Development at the Museum of Science, Boston where he helped formulate and implement the key strategies that drove the institution to complete its first comprehensive capital campaign in its 185-year existence, raising $288 million.

Following that effort, Jim negotiated the largest gift in the Museum’s history, a $50 million contribution from Michael Bloomberg and Bloomberg Philanthropies.  Jim’s previous experience includes 10 years as Senior Vice President of Development at North Shore Medical Center (NSMC), part of the Partners HealthCare System.

During his tenure, Jim formed the NSMC Foundation and successfully completed three capital campaigns. Jim’s experience also includes serving as Vice President of Development at the Central Maine Healthcare System and Director of Development at Saint Michael’s College in Vermont. Jim’s consulting experience includes resident campaign counsel roles at the New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans and Children’s Friend and Family Services.

Jim received his B.A. from Saint Michael’s College and an M.A. from George Washington University. He is a Certified Fund-Raising Executive, a Certified Financial Planner, and a Director of the Lower Merrimack Valley Boys and Girls Clubs.  A longtime resident of Boston’s North Shore, outside of work Jim can be found relaxing near the water in his favorite Adirondack chair enjoying the company of family and friends.

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