Elizabeth Stone House Names Director of Development
January 27, 2012 The Elizabeth Stone House, a Roxbury-based nonprofit that provides services to homeless families and individuals, yesterday announced that it has named James (Jim) May as its director of development.
May joined the Elizabeth Stone House
in 2005, coming out of retirement to assist with an application for HUD funds to support the organizations transitional housing program. He takes over for Amanda Green who moved to the West Coast last fall to be closer to her family.
Nancy Owens Hess, executive director of the Elizabeth Stone House, said, His success for that project led to assignment of another, and another, which led us to the obvious decision to appoint him as our director of development.
As director of development, May will be responsible for helping the Stone House to achieve its development goals through various fundraising and relationship building initiatives, including managing special events, cultivating individual and corporate donors, foundation sponsors, and associations, and researching and developing potential and current benefactors.
May will also manage direct mail and annual campaigns, and web and email based fundraising. This includes fundraising for Wilderness Heals, the Stone Houses annual pledge hike.
Prior to joining the Stone House, May worked in small businesses most of his life, and was a founding partner in the business he retired from.
The ethos of a small business in which the owner can keep the books, do the marketing, sweep the floors and shovel the sidewalks prepared me well for the non-profit world, which usually requires all hands on deck when a project needs to be finished, he said.
For 15 years May held a series of positions focused on marketing. He also was involved in numerous projects funded by various agencies of the U.S. government.
In addition, he served for nine years on the board of directors of the Milton Foundation for Education, for which he chaired the grants committee for five years and co-chaired the Celebration for Education, the foundations primary annual fundraiser.