“One of my favorite client conversations took place during the summer of 2020 when my client’s Chief Development Officer asked me what our communications contingency plan will be if we don’t meet our campaign goal. I told her we don’t have one, because the campaign was designed to crush that goal, and it’s going to.”

Director of Fundraising Services

Jessica Grossnickle

Wynnewood, PA

Throughout her 16-year career in development, Jessica has been personally responsible for directing more than 40 large-scale events, securing five- and six-figure gifts, and designing and implementing one of the Chicago-area’s largest peer-to-peer fundraising initiatives. She has held leadership roles at a number of notable organizations including PAWS Chicago and Girls on the Run. Jessica brings significant expertise and a strategic vision to all her projects. 

Jessica has an extensive and loyal client portfolio at Evolve, and her expertise in giving trends, alongside her unique ability to design and create engaging, out-of-the-box campaigns, has resulted in incredible success for her clients. Jessica places a significant emphasis on integrating a culture of philanthropy throughout her clients’ internal and external communications channels. While she has raised millions throughout her career, she views her greatest achievements through a deeply-rooted, sustainability-focused lens. One of her clients recently shared: “Jessica knows how to lean into her clients’ strengths and leverage existing resources, while also innovating and adding incredible value. She is a creative problem solver with a wealth of fundraising experience and knowledge to draw upon. Her positive, warm demeanor is infectious.”



Recent clients

  • CURE Epilepsy 
  • Keshet 
  • Kaplen JCC on the Palisades
  • Reel Start


Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, University of Virginia


Jessica enjoys running, rowing, coffee, friends and family.