Jeanne is a seasoned fundraising strategist, consultant, and nonprofit leader. For 31 years she served as President of JEANNE SIGLER & ASSOCIATES, INC., a Manhattan-based, multi-faceted consulting firm dedicated to helping nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and abroad meet their fundraising and governance goals.
Launched in 1984, the firm specialized in the areas of the arts, education, historic preservation, the environment, human services and public affairs/public policy. It provided in-depth counsel on feasibility studies, capital campaigns, annual campaigns, major gift and foundation fundraising, together with strategic planning and board development. An experienced team provided personalized service designed to meet the specific needs of small, large and medium-sized nonprofits. Clients served were many, and included Audubon NY, Cambridge University, Caramoor, the English Chamber Theater, the Fresh Air Fund, the High Line, the Louis Armstrong House Museum and Archive, the National Academy Museum and School of Fine Arts, the Town School, the YMCA of Greater New York, the “I Have a Dream” Foundation, Mercy Corps, and Women’s World Banking.
In 2006, the firm extended its assistance to the nonprofit community through the creation of “Interim Solutions”, a boutique interim staffing service that provided senior-level fundraising professionals to nonprofits in staffing transition, and needing immediate ‘roll-up-the-sleeves’ assistance. Clients included the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, the Little Orchestra Society, Hale House, the New York Public Library, the New York City Ballet, Teach for America, and the Center Against Domestic Violence, among many others.
Upon moving to Philadelphia in 2012, Sigler founded Sigler Consulting, serving as a Fundraising Strategist to a limited number of select clients. Most recently, she has advised the Gulfshore Playhouse in Naples, Florida on its $48 million “Next Stage” Capital Campaign.
An active volunteer herself, Sigler was a founding Board member of Bottomless Closet and Prep for Prep, and served on a number of other New York City nonprofit boards, including the Citizens Union, the Public Education Association, United Neighborhood Houses and Women in Development. Sigler currently serves on the Boards of the Lantern Theater Company in Philadelphia, PA and the Mary Baker Eddy Library and Museum in Boston, MA, as well as on the Development Committee of The Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia.
Most recently, inspired by many years of involvement and board service with Women in Development New York, and to strengthen the local nonprofit fundraising sector in her new community, she founded Women in Development Philadelphia, which now includes more than 225 fundraising professionals.
Jeanne holds a B.A. degree from Kalamazoo College and an M.A. from the University of Illinois, both in Sociology. She also studied at the University of Erlangen, Erlangen, Germany.