Jill Reid brings over 19 years of experience building resources for Chicago-based and International programs focusing on poverty related causes, especially the welfare of children. Most recently, at Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago, she served as the Interim Vice President of External Affairs overseeing private fundraising of $4.8 million and government grants of $2.9 million. At BGCC, she re-established the fundraising department that had dwindled as a result of the recession – reengaging donors, board members and corporate partners to increase private funding by 40% during her tenure. Previous to Boys & Girls Clubs, she was the Vice President of Development at World Bicycle Relief, responsible for all aspects of fundraising. During her tenure she built the fundraising program into maturity going from 600 donors to over 15,000 in less than five years. Earlier, she built the individual fundraising program at Illinois Action for Children and also helped the organization obtain their first federal grants totaling over $4 million. In prior positions, Jill worked as a part of a small capital campaign team with Smith, Beers, Yunker & Company on the campaign to build a headquarters for the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago. She was also part of the first Midwest office for the Merrill Lynch Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Management and started her philanthropic career in research and resource development roles at The Chicago Community Trust.
Jill is involved in several community and professional organizations including the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the Union League Club of Chicago and Grace Chicago Church. Jill holds a Bachelor of Fine Art from the University of Florida and received her certification from CFRE International in 2006. Jill is active in her community as a volunteer and as an exhibiting artist.