As groups search for counsel, it sometimes seems that consultants all say the same things: “We can help you raise more money.” “We can help you expand your donor base.” “We can train your people and show you how to succeed.” So why choose us? We at JWA Consulting listen to your needs. Then we develop a custom plan that fits your budget and work as hand-on partners to get you results.

We are experienced and effective. Each of our consultants bring more than fifteen years of development experience. We are large enough to bring you extensive knowledge and experience with traditional fundraising techniques and small enough to be responsive and cost effective.

We are flexible and creative. Rather than offer clients a cookie cutter approach, JWA Consulting learns your group’s particular strengths and culture to find the best opportunities for you to reach your goals. We think fundraising is both an art and a science, and take pride helping each group identify and reach its unique potential.

We respect and enhance your relationships. In addition to reaching your financial goals, JWA Consulting believes that a successful campaign should strengthen your ties to your community. Your group should develop new and more committed friends as well as meeting its dollar goals.

Experienced Fund Raising ExecutiveJim Wellen, founder and principal of JWA Consulting, brings extensive fund development experience to his clients. He has raised tens of millions of dollars for diverse clients, including successfully directing a $12 million capital campaign for scientific research institute, building the annual campaign for a local charter school, directing a successful new event for an area museum raising over $100,000 and developing a new strategic plan for a Delaware Valley service agency.

He is also a well known speaker and writer on development. He has served as an instructor in the La Salle University Nonprofit Center program, where he has taught fundraising workshops. Jim also speaks at fundraising workshops for various associations.

Prior to starting the firm, Jim served as Vice President for Development for the Graduate Health System, the largest healthcare system in Pennsylvania, where he increased philanthropic giving by 20% at the group’s five hospitals. He earned a Master’s Degree in Management from the New School for Social Research.


Certified Fund Raising ExecutiveRoss Basen, Project Manager, is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) with over 15 years’ experience raising funds for a variety of organizations. At JWA Consulting and elsewhere, Ross helped the American Red Cross raise several million dollars to support disaster relief efforts in New Jersey and around the country. At Georgian Court University, Ross increased unrestricted gifts to the university to over $250,000. He recently created the first development plan for a New Jersey social service agency, raising them nearly $100,000 in new support, and is now building the annual campaign for a religious organization.

JWA Consulting also has three affiliated consultants who can bring our clients expertise as needed in the areas of prospect research, marketing, and executive search.