Jim Gribble has been named Fund Development Director for Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes. Jim will be responsible for the development and implementation of all fundraising efforts for the organization.

Gribble brings decades of marketing experience and business acumen to the Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes and this newly formed role. “We have long recognized the need for an individual to take a leadership role for our fundraising efforts,” explained Kerry Kelly, the Friends Chair. “We simply could not exist and achieve our ongoing mission without the financial support we receive through grants and donations from individuals and businesses, and I look forward to Jim establishing a cohesive and effective fundraising strategy across our many initiatives and programs.”

In his role as Fund Development Director, Gribble will work with the Board of Directors and Program Coordinators to develop and implement fundraising programs to assure sufficient financial support for operations and development programs.

During the first part of his professional career, Gribble gained a wealth of experience from running profit centers at large direct marketing organizations. He went on to run a marketing services agency for many years. In 2016, he decided to focus on contributing to the resurgence of manufacturing in the U. S. and now works exclusively for small manufacturers as a fractional Marketing Director through his company, Marketing 4 Manufacturers.

On the personal side, Jim Gribble is a new Michigander, having recently moved from Maryland to his home on the Platte River adjacent to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. “After vacationing here a few years ago, I was amazed by the natural beauty of the area. My sister and her husband bought a place in Honor last year and with my daughter away at school, I decided to live out my dream of living in nature. After seeing and experiencing firsthand the amazing work the Friends do with the Heritage Trail and learning more about the many other projects, both in place and planned for the future, I was excited about the possibility of getting involved. I very much look forward to contributing to the Friends mission.”

We will be looking for people to join our Fund Development and Marketing team, so if you are interested in helping, please contact Jim at JimG@friendsofsleepingbear.org or call 231-227-1164.