Meet the Team: Bev Crandall-Rice, M.S.

 Let's get to know Bev Crandall-Rice, M.S., the Vice President of J. Milito & Associates, who also serves as a Project Manager & Fundraising Consultant.

bev professonal picture 2023What inspires you? 

What inspires me is working with our non-profit partners to help them inspire new donors, renew lapsed donors, and upgrade & retain all donors!  I love to use research, data, and connections to help drive positive change.  I feel the Key to successful fundraising includes being intentional, creative, and grateful. I also continue to find inspiration in learning something new every day.

Why are you passionate about fundraising with different organizations? 

I have been blessed with a variety of meaningful fundraising opportunities and mentors in my career. I am now able to provide J. Milito & Associates clients with access to decades of fundraising success strategies in combination with current research and fundraising trends. We know through research and results that direct telephone outreach can increase charitable giving by 30%, all while strengthen retention and providing opportunities for acquisition. Together, this success formula is one that I continue to be excited and passionate to share. 

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Decorating/DIY Projects, growing beautiful flowers, and nature/walks with family & dog Mazie

How long have you been with J. Milito?

Project Manager & Fundraising Consultant for 6 years. I came to JMA with twenty plus years of experience of working in the non-profit organizations in West Michigan. I have managed capital campaigns and have direct experience in corporate donor relations, major gifts, annual giving, and strategic fund development. 

What is your position at JMA and what do you do?

Vice President, Project Manager, and Fundraising Consultant (contracts and campaign management).  I work directly with our non-profit partners and clients and help build and strengthen fundraising programs through telephone outreach and consulting services.  Overall, I help build capacity and manage telephone outreach & fundraising campaigns with a variety of civic, community, healthcare, and faith-based schools and seminaries. 

What's a fun fact about you?

While working as a development director with an area nonprofit, I was a client utilizing telephone J. Milito fundraising services.  I had J. Milito & Associates team help with my Annual Fund, Capital Campaign & Event Sponsorship calls.

Anything else you'd like to add?

I have a teaching spirit, and I feel it is our responsibility to mentor others. I also love to help non-profit organizations build capacity and raise more funds to support their mission and ministry.

Bev Crandall-Rice with her dog, participating in a walk-a-thon to raise money for a Grand Rapids non-profit organization.

Celebrating 25 Years !


Thank You for the amazing work you do in your community!

And, Thank You for your partnership on a remarkable twenty-five year journey!

The journey began in Aunt Louise’s basement calling Catholic School alumni. Twenty-five years later, we're out of the basement, and still calling those alumni (and so many more).

Twenty-five years later our goals remain the same -- to help you Raise More so you can Do More.

Ask the Expert: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Monthly Giving . . . But Were Afraid to Ask

Organizations on average, retain 40-45% of their donors annually. For first-time donors that number drops to around 20%. What if you could retain more donors and raise more money by including monthly recurring giving in your organization’s development plan? Successful monthly giving is more than just an option on your website giving page. A well-planned, promoted, and delivered monthly giving program can enjoy an 80% or better donor retention rate.

Donor Retention: A Valentine’s Day Love Story

Once upon a time . . .

Mary faithfully mailed her $10 annual check to her favorite charity.  She loved the charity’s mission and it made her feel special to support such a worthy cause. 

The Season of Abundance and Gratitude

3 Practices to Help Your Organization Embrace Abundance and Express Gratitude

 “Autumn is the mellower season, and what we lose in flowers we more than gain in fruits.”  ~  Samuel Butler

3 Easy Ways to Improve Your Fundraising in 2021

With all that the past year has heaped on us, Spring is a welcomed sight.

The trees are budding and blooming. The birds are singing. Ducklings are making their first appearance. And much needed rain is falling outside my window.

Renewal. Rebirth. Recharge.

(At Least) 3 Reasons You Should Feel Proud of Your Accomplishments (this past year)

Who would have thought that one year ago our lives would, in the blink of an eye, change so dramatically?

Dramatic . . .

  • Change in service / mission delivery
  • Change in inspiring philanthropy
  • Change in embracing technology

New Year. New Opportunity.

Whew!  2020 is finally behind us . . . in the rearview mirror. 

But that doesn’t mean we don’t have to occasionally glance back in the rearview mirror.  Glance back on past obstacles and roadblocks and even those harrowing hairpin turns we successfully navigated.

2021 may have gotten off to a rocky start, but we survived 2020.  We’re tough.  We’re survivors.  We got the job done.

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