James K. Phelps, J.D., ACFRE is a graduate of the University of Oregon and the University of Oregon School of Law. He began his professional development career in 1990. He worked as the Executive Director of Lane County AIDS Hospice Services and Salem Outreach Shelter. He also served as the Library Development Officer at Fort Vancouver Regional Library District, Major & Planned Giving Manager at Planned Parenthood of the Columbia-Willamette and Development Director at the American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon. Phelps started his own development consultant business, JKP Fundraising, LLC, in 2011.
Phelps is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). He is a past member of the AFP Board of Directors and is a Past President of the Oregon and Southwest Washington Chapter of AFP. He has served on AFP’s Diversity Committee since 1999. He is President of the Board of Directors of the Nonprofit Network Southwest Washington. Phelps has presented for the AFP International Conference on Fundraising, Willamette Valley Development Officers, Northwest Planned Giving Roundtable, Nonprofit Network Southwest Washington and the Oregon & SW Washington, University of Oregon Collegiate and Portland State University Chapters of AFP. Phelps acquired his Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) credentials in 2002, recertifying in 2005, 2008 and 20011. He completed the Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive (ACFRE) in 2011. As a member of AFP, Phelps abides to the AFP Code of Ethical Principles.