“What we give our time and our treasure to is an ever-renewable act of converting heart-held values into a positive reality for good. Giving is like breathing to me and if I can’t give I can’t breathe.”

- Jim Roehm

Jim Roehm

Jim Roehm

Jim Roehm is an experienced and enthusiastic advocate for advancement programs with almost forty years of experience in agency management and building sustainable donor relations for institutions. Starting as a collegiate volunteer with the American Red Cross, Jim built a 14 year career in four cities. In 1988, he was recruited to an Illinois hospital foundation and raised increasingly progressive amounts in all sectors of giving with three different medical systems. Moving to Rhode Island from Chicago in 1999, Jim dramatically grew the planned giving profile for Lifespan Health System, doubling the number of charitable gift annuity agreements in force. Jim was part of Brown University’s campaign, ‘Boldly Brown’, where he worked as a major gifts officer with an assigned 14 state territory. In 2007 he returned to his love of charitable planned giving for the Preservation Society of Newport County.
Jim was a charter officer of a new Illinois state chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and is a now a member of the Rhode Island Chapter. In 2004, he was elected president of the Planned Giving Council of Rhode Island (now known as the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning) and remains active on two board committees. In 2011, he was among the first class of non-profit gift planners invited to membership in the Estate Planning Council of Rhode Island. Jim has given numerous presentations at Association of Healthcare Philanthropy and AFP conferences, and mentors aspiring fundraisers. He has been a member of Kiwanis International since 1983 and received international recognition for his past volunteer work with college students.