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 where 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 specializing in work with small-to-medium size nonprofits. As an Associate under the Nonprofit Association of Oregon’s Executive Transition Services, he has served as an interim development director at Oral Hull Foundation for the Blind, Mittleman Jewish Community Center, Portland Jewish Academy, Sunstone Montessori School and Polaris Dance Theatre.

Phelps has been deeply involved with the Association of Fundraising Professionals, both serving on their board and as a Past President of a local Chapter. In addition, Phelps has worked to advance diversity and inclusion work through his involvement in various committees and task forces around this issue. Phelps currently serves as President of the Board of Directors of the Nonprofit Network Southwest Washington.

Phelps’ three American Eskimo rescue dogs allow him and his husband, Tim, to share their home in Vancouver Washington.

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Client Reviews


“James is great! He’s personable and engaging. He came right in and got to work right away. He had a very steep learning curve, and he instantly related with our staff and donors. We met our goals for the interim period and James put us on track for our future goals. He brought in high expectations we didn’t know we should have. He raised our game.”

Debbie Hall
Sunstone Finance Manager