Joe April

Joe April


Joe April


Joe has more than 25 years of experience in community college resource development programs as a staff member and consultant. His professional expertise includes major gift campaigns, planned giving, and strategic planning for foundation boards and advancement teams. As a consultant, Joe has led more than 50 feasibility studies, development assessments, foundation strategic plans, community summits, industry forums, and alumni strategic planning efforts. Since 2012, he served as a partner and executive vice president for two consulting companies where he was the lead consultant on over 25 projects, including 10 major gift campaigns, all of which exceeded their funding goals.

As a former Region I Director for the Council for Resource Development (CRD), he has chaired three of the organization’s national conferences. In additional to CRD, Joe is actively involved in the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), where he regularly speaks at their regional and national conferences. In November 2015, Joe was the keynote speaker at the AFP Iowa State-Wide Conference, where he presented on generational giving trends.

Prior to becoming a full-time consultant, Joe served as the Chief Advancement Officer at the following institutions: Holyoke Community College, MA; Bay Path College, MA; MassBay Community College; and the Community College of Rhode Island. This wealth of experience makes Joe an invaluable resource to our community college clients.

Summary of Experience

  • Personally solicited and closed over $35 million in major and planned gifts as a staff member of various college advancement teams.
  • Practical, hands-on experience leading numerous institutions from campaign into a diversified, comprehensive, and sustainable development program.
  • Possess a strong record of creating mission-focused staff and volunteer teams, including recruiting a completely new Foundation Board and Alumni Council at MassBay Community College.
  • Led five comprehensive major gift / capital campaigns, which collectively secured over $50 million, exceeding goal in each.
  • Campaign consultant on over 25 major gift / capital campaigns which raised a total of over $250 million.
  • Worked in 25 states across the country, from Maine to Florida to California, and internationally.
  • AA from St. Petersburg Junior College and a BA in Economics from the University of South Florida.
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