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James E. Thompson


Sustainability Advisor, Lunder-Dineen Health Education Alliance of Maine

Jim Thompson is the vice president for development at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), an organization he has served for more than 27 years. During his tenure at MGH, Jim has been involved in four successful capital campaigns. Under Jim’s leadership, the MGH has built one of the most successful grateful-patient fundraising models in academic medicine. He has advanced donor outreach efforts well beyond the grateful patient base for research, global health, and the Home Base program that supports veterans and their families. Jim has overseen the growth of the MGH development staff from 49 individuals in 2010 to 125 in 2013, and has executed Mass General’s most successful fundraising campaign to date, the Campaign for the Third Century of MGH Medicine, which has raised more than $1.6B as of October 2013.

Jim has worked in the field of development for 37 years. He has made a commitment to mentoring and advancing the careers of development professionals. Prior to joining MGH, Jim was the director of development at the Roxbury Latin School from 1979-1986. From 1976 to 1979 he served as development officer for Bentley College. He received a B.S. degree in communications from Ithaca College, and also earned an M.S. in education from Elmira College. He completed a four-year term in 2012 as a director of Villanova University’s Parent Executive Committee where he led several key major gift solicitations on behalf of the University. He is a former member of the Finance Council for St. Elizabeth’s Parish in Acton and also served as past chairman of the Church’s Development Committee. He served as chairman of the Parent Fund for the Class of 2003 at the College of the Holy Cross. Jim is a former member of the Corporation of the Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, and he is a former trustee of the Minute Man Arc for Human Services in Concord.