What we do

Jessica James Consulting bridges the gap between the for-profit and non-profit sectors by developing and executing innovative partnerships, streamlined corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs, and more effective fundraising strategies.

JJC develops mutually meaningful partnerships in which the non-profit receives human capital, financial resources, and the ability to amplify their reach, while the corporation builds their culture, tells their brand’s story in a new and compelling way, and ensures their efforts make a measurable impact in the community.

Why we do it

Why does this matter to my company or non-profit?

Our country is at a crossroads. The future of a thriving economy and entire non-profit sector hinges on the success of cross-sector partnerships.

Non-profits are seeing a decrease in traditional funding streams, including institutional foundations and government support, and need to build long-term corporate partnerships in order to thrive.

Companies are realizing that corporate social responsibility is not a side project but a core component of a healthy business model.

  • To recruit the best talent…
    90% of current business school students said they would be willing to sacrifice some percentage of their future salary to work for a responsible employer.
  • To build a happy culture and retain employees…
    Companies with strong sustainability programs had 55% better morale; 43% more efficient businesses processes; 43% stronger public image and 38% better employee loyalty.
  • To create a compelling brand...
    Consumers stated that they have a more positive image (93%), are more likely to trust (90%) and are more loyal to (88%) companies that support social and environmental issues.
  • To attract investors…
    Sustainable, responsible and impact investing accounted for $8.7 trillion in 2016, an increase of 33% in two years.

— Because companies have a unique opportunity to improve their communities and the lives of individuals within those communities.

How we do it

Jessica James Consulting works with corporations to develop and execute streamlined, purposeful corporate social responsibility (CSR) strategies that recruit talent, retain employees, build the brand’s story, and drive the bottom line.

Examples of work with corporations:

  • Impact audits for individual donors, family foundations/DAFs, CSR teams, corporate foundations
  • Design and facilitation of trainings and workshops on importance of CSR and best practices
  • Development of Board Membership Programs
  • Development of strategic, impact focused corporate foundations
  • Development of comprehensive and streamlined CSR strategies
  • Matchmaking between aligned corporations and non-profits
  • Creation of CSR communication strategies

JJC also supports non-profits in the development of corporate engagement strategies and volunteer opportunities that result in lasting and mutually beneficial corporate partnerships.

Examples of work with non-profits:

  • Design and facilitation of non-profit Board trainings on effective corporate fundraising strategies
  • Development of comprehensive corporate engagement programs
  • Development of signature and customizable corporate volunteer events
  • Facilitation of workshops and coaching services to Development staff on corporate engagement and leading effective corporate volunteer events

Additionally, JJC works with individuals and families to create holistic philanthropic strategies that leverage their resources and passions for the greatest possible impact.

Who is Jessica?

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With over a decade of experience building meaningful and sustainable partnerships between nonprofits and corporations, Jessica has led hundreds of corporate engagement events and programs, connecting thousands of employees from the finance, media, beauty, fashion, real estate and technology spaces to clients from NYC's largest non-profits.

Jessica has a vast range of experience and expertise within the non-profit space, having raised funds for Safe Horizon, Inwood House, Young Women’s Leadership Network and Grace Institute, in addition to the Obama for America Tri-State Finance Office in 2008. Jessica has a Masters in Social Work from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Southern California.

Jessica launched Jessica James Consulting in 2016 to support companies and non-profits in the exploration and execution of meaningful philanthropic partnerships that recruit and retain talent, build culture, tell the brand’s story, drive the bottom line, and make the most possible impact in the community.

Jessica is a featured speaker at Support Center for Non-Profit Management, Non-Profit Coordinating Committee, Columbia University School of Social Work and South by Southwest 2018 and 2019 and serves on the Boards of Hand in Hand: The Domestic Employers Network and the Maplewood Library Foundation.

Jessica has developed strategies for the following companies and non-profits:

  • Fashion/Beauty

    • Brooks Brothers
    • Coach
    • Dermalogica
    • Estee Lauder Companies
    • Lily Pulitzer
    • Ralph Lauren
    • Worth
  • Finance

    • Citi
    • Goldman Sachs
    • Morgan Stanley
  • Investment/Private Equity

    • American Securities
    • Blackstone
    • Capital Group
    • Guggenheim Partners
    • Napier Park
  • Insurance

    • Finance of America
    • Travelers
    • Nationwide
  • Technology/Information Services

    • Adobe
    • Cisco
    • Google
    • LexisNexis
    • Thomson Reuters
  • Media

    • Essence
    • Condé Nast
    • Time Warner
    • Women in Cable Telecommunications
  • Legal

    • Kane Kessler
    • Rivkin Radler
    • Shearman & Sterling
    • White & Case
  • Non-profits

    • Can Do
    • Children of Promise
    • Council for Airport Opportunity (a program of the Port Authority of NY/NJ)
    • Eurasia Group Foundation
    • Hand in Hand: The Domestic Employers Network
    • Isaiah House
    • Lumberyard
    • Maplewood Library Foundation
    • Maplewood/South Orange Community Coalition on Race
    • nsoro Foundation
    • PepUp Tech
    • Shine Global
    • StreetWise Partners