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Biography

Jason Fisher, CFRE, is an Assistant Vice President & Senior Consultant for RuffaloCODY and a recognized national and international expert consultant in phonathon fundraising. Jason is the co-author of The Phonathon Manager’s Planning Handbook, the phonathon planning book published from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) in 2008. Beginning in 1990 as a student caller and continuing today as an award-winning speaker and consultant for RuffaloCODY, Jason has worked hands-on in several different fundraising positions with hundreds of calling programs for higher education institutions and other non-profit organizations. His innovative fundraising strategies and sound business principles are the foundation for his biggest skill- turning around struggling programs and increasing return on investment.

As the manager for the University of Georgia phonathon in the mid-1990’s, Jason guided the program to three consecutive record-breaking years in results and helped make UGA a model for phonathon success. Returning to his home state of Iowa, Jason served in project management and senior management roles, and as Director of Operations for RuffaloCODY, a direct marketing firm specializing in higher education fundraising. He also worked as a major gift officer for Spring Hill College in Mobile, AL. Jason has consulted on phonathon and annual giving programs since 1997. In addition to the CASE book, he is author of multiple white papers on fundraising best practices and has penned over 100 smaller articles and blogs on a host of phonathon and annual giving topics.

Jason earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in business administration and political science from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He also holds a Master of Public Service degree as one of the first 35 graduates from the newest presidential school in the nation, the Clinton School of Public Service at the University of Arkansas.