Biography

Jamie McDonald is the founder of Generosity Inc. Prior to launching Generosity, she was the Chief Giving Officer of Network for Good, the nation’s largest online charitable giving platform. She joined Network for Good after its acquisition of GiveCorps, which she founded in 2011.  GiveCorps was a community building and online giving platform connecting nonprofits and educational institutions to digital givers.

Jamie's professional mission is to spur people to give, act and innovate on behalf of communities and causes.  She writes and speaks about online engagement and giving, next generation philanthropy, and the rise of giving movements as a force for changing communities. 

Jamie is one of six members of the global #GivingTuesday team at the 92nd Street Y in New York, the founders of the movement. In 2013, she led BMore Gives More, the groundbreaking coalition that raised $5.7 million in a day on #GivingTuesday and earned Baltimore the #MostGenerousCity in America honor.  In 2014, she served as lead advisor to MD Nonprofits’ MD Gives More campaign that raised $9.2 million on #GivingTuesday.  In 2015, She guided nearly 60 communities around the country on civic campaigns for #GivingTuesday, in her role as Head of Civic Campaigns for 92Y, the founders of the movement. 

Today, Jamie serves as an advisor to socially motivated CEOs and executive teams, causes, cities, states and schools around the country. She collaborates with visionaries driving large-scale change.  From the Campaign for Black Male Achievement to the Belfer Center for Innovation and Social Impact at 92Y to Light City Baltimore, Jamie guides leaders on strategies to maximize their base of supporters in order to scale their impact.  In 2015, Jamie was honored to have been invited to speak at the launch of American Philanthropy, the Smithsonian Museum of American History's new permanent collection on philanthropy in the United States.

Before becoming an entrepreneur, Jamie was a Managing Director at Deutsche Banc Alex. Brown, where she enjoyed a 16-year career, and led several groups within investment banking, including the Private Equity Coverage Group, managing relationships with Alex. Brown’s venture capital and leveraged buyout firm clients. 

Jamie places a high priority on civic engagement.  She has been a longtime Board member of the Center for Urban Families.  She is the Chair of Light City, an international festival of innovation and light, that launched in 2016.  She also serves on the boards of OneBaltimore, Open Society Institute, Impact Hub Baltimore, Venture for America, Johns Hopkins Social Innovation Lab, and #MarylandGivesMore. She has previously served on the boards of The Leadership, the Family Tree, Live! Baltimore, The Fund for Educational Excellence, and the Police Athletic League (PAL), among others.  She is a past co-chair of the Tocqueville Campaign ($10,000 gifts) for the United Way of Central Maryland and sat on the national board of the Keewaydin Foundation. 

Jamie has been featured in publications including the Wall Street Journal, the Huffington Post, the Chronicle of Philanthropy, the White House Social Innovation Blog, NTEN, The Baltimore Sun and many others.

Jamie was named a Maryland Innovator of the Year in 2012.  She is a graduate of the 1997 class of the Greater Baltimore Committee’s Leadership program.  She was named one of Baltimore Business Journal’s “40 under 40.” 

Jamie McDonald attended Cornell University for graduate school, focusing on International Development in a joint program between the College of Human Ecology and the Johnson Graduate School of Management.  She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Philadelphia University.  She lives in Baltimore with her husband, Tom, and their children, Ben, Cameron and Paige.