Yolanda F. Johnson, founder and president of YFJ Consulting, LLC, has successfully led fundraising operations for a wide range of nonprofit organizations, launching creative event, sponsorship and marketing initiatives that produced new streams of both contributed and earned income. Her fundraising expertise includes securing foundation, corporate, and government funding and cultivating a diverse major gifts portfolio.
Previously, Johnson held senior development roles at Chess in the Schools, the Princess Grace Foundation-USA, and the Hudson River Museum. She holds a B.A. in Vocal Performance from the University of Tulsa and an M.A. in Arts administration with fundraising and special events emphasis from the University of Akron.
Johnson is the first African-American president in the 40-year history of Women in Development, NY. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Lehman College Art Gallery, the International Advisory Board of the Foundation for Post Conflict Development and was a previous board member of the Friends of Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site. Her background as a performing artist and public speaker has given her a unique, creative perspective on the communications and presentation aspects of organizational and fundraising development. As a result, Johnson has created the workshop, All the World’s A Stage, which uses performance practice for fundraising and philanthropic success.