Nonprofits across the board are struggling to fill fundraising jobs today. The economy is bouncing back from conditions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and hiring is picking up at an increasingly rapid pace. As it does, this shortage of qualified fundraisers will only worsen. Many small and medium sized nonprofits cannot afford to hire a professional recruiter. So, what can be done? Come and learn about solutions to staffing your fundraising team, looking both inside and outside of your organization.

This session is designed for fundraising professionals, Executive Directors/CEOs and Human Resources professionals in nonprofits, including the members of our HR Roundtable.

About Our Speakers

Jill Bishop is a senior fundraising professional with 25 years of successful philanthropic leadership experience, as well as 20 years of professional experience in the corporate sector.

Jill brings leadership experience managing development teams for a variety of nonprofit organizations; prospecting and managing a major gifts portfolio; event planning and production; and capital campaign planning and execution. She has experience in a variety of nonprofit sectors and markets including social services, public media, and community foundations, as well as producing and presenting theater.

She recently served on the Board of Planned Giving Roundtable Southern Arizona, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Foundation For Creative Broadcasting, KXCI-FM. She served as a Mentor/Coach for Social Venture Partners Tucson Fast Pitch 2021. She has served as mentor/coach to many early career development professionals through the AFP Mentorship Program.

Jill is from Dayton, Ohio and earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communications at Wright State University (Dayton, OH) and her Master of Public Administration at the University of Dayton.


Ellen Bussing has more than three decades of comprehensive leadership experience in philanthropy programs in higher education and the arts, including executive and campaign roles with Oregon Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, College of Fine Arts/University of Arizona; and Willamette University (Oregon). These diverse experiences inform her current work as fundraising counsel with focus on major/principal gifts programs: coaching gifts officers/teams; grants planning/execution; and staffing strategy.

She has served on boards of numerous community organizations and professional associations such as BodyVox Dance, Oregon Symphony Foundation, Oregon Children’s Theatre, and Willamette Valley Development Officers, where she received the Amy J. Gerver WVDO Leadership Award.

Ellen has presented for Council for Advancement and Support of Education, Association of Fundraising Professionals, Portland Business Alliance, Willamette Valley Development Officers and others. She was a subject matter expert in developing the national certification exam for Grant Professionals Association, and served many years as grant review panelist for Oregon Arts Commission and other arts unders. Ellen holds a Bachelor of Music from Saint Mary’s College (Notre Dame, Ind.).