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Our History

Founded in 2003 as JFFixler & Associates, our company's mission was to strengthen nonprofit organizations. Founder Jill Friedman Fixler sought to bring her vision for civic engagement and her experience with multiple organizations to the broader nonprofit community. Very quickly, JFFixler & Associates had a broad base of clients, representing local, regional, and national organizations in both the US and Canada. Within just a few years, founder Jill Friedman Fixler had expanded the company, building a team of strategists and consultants representing expertise in facilitation, consulting, engagement, research, board development, and more. With a strong focus on volunteer engagement, our strategists led organizations through strategic planning, organizational restructuring, and, of course, volunteer engagement re-engineering. By 2008, JFFixler & Associates had developed a successful model for volunteer engagement innovation which has since been applied by organizations including the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Canadian Cancer Society Ontario Division, North Bay Regional Health Centre, New Hampshire Center for Nonprofits, UJA Federation of Toronto, and others. By 2009, the company rebranded as JFFixler Group to represent its larger team of consultants and to reaffirm our focus on strategic engagement. In 2013, upon founder Jill Friedman Fixler's retirement, longtime JFFixler consultants Beth Steinhorn and Linda Puckett retained ownership and now continue the work, expanding upon the foundation that JFFixler Group had built for its previous ten years. Since then, we have extended our work to include member engagement in the association world and we continue to develop new publications and strategies to help organizations achieve their mission.

About Founder Jill Friedman Fixler, in memoriam

Jill Friedman Fixler, FounderA longtime resident of Denver, Jill worked in volunteer engagement at multiple organizations in Colorado, crosscutting many nonprofit service areas, including animal welfare at Denver Dumb Friends League, human services at Arapahoe House, health care at National Jewish Hospital, and the arts and sciences at Ocean Journey, now known as Denver Downtown Aquarium. By 2003, Jill recognized that her passionate vision for what’s possible when organizations really tap into people’s interests and skills was one she could share more widely through consulting. At the core, Jill believed that when organizations mobilize volunteers meaningfully, they can more effectively better the world. She founded JFFixler & Associates with the goal of helping others effect that vision and, within just a few years, landed national clients, published articles and eventually books, built a team of consultants, and became a nationally recognized thought leader on how engaging volunteers in new and innovative ways will, simply put, make the world a better place.

In November 2014, Jill Friedman Fixler passed away. She was a nationally known leader recognized for her innovative approaches to re-inventing, re-engineering, and re-vitalizing nonprofit and public sector organizations. Over her 30+ year career, she worked to promote excellence in volunteer engagement, strategic planning, and board and organizational development for organizations throughout the US and Canada. Jill was a popular author, speaker, and coach, and leaves a legacy of helping to change the conversation about volunteer engagement in the sector and having inspired thousands to engage volunteers meaningfully to help make the world a better place.

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