Jim Croft

Principal
JWC Consulting Group

Jim Croft

Jim Croft is a principal at Chicago’s JWC Consulting Group, which serves the nonprofit community by imparting leadership and financial management skills in order to help organizations meet strategic objectives and achieve their missions.

In addition to his work at JWC, Croft is the academic director for nonprofit finance in the Center for Nonprofit Management at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management. He is also on the MBA faculty at the University of Nebraska’s College of Business and is a senior fellow at McKendree University.

From 1984 to 2015, Croft was executive vice president and chief financial officer for the Field Museum in Chicago. At the Museum, Croft led financial operations and also served as the museum’s chief development officer in charge of annual giving, major gifts, planned giving, and corporate and foundation giving programs.

Croft also held several positions in social service administration. In 2016, he was appointed to the Financial Accounting Standards Board's (FASB) Nonprofit Advisory Committee (NAC), which advises the FABS in matters relating to accounting standards used by US nonprofits.

Croft is a member of several boards, including the Salvation Army, Great Lakes Advisors, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, and the Illinois Institute of Independent Colleges and Universities.

He received a PhD from the University of Nebraska, where his doctoral work focused on higher education leadership and nonprofit financial management. He studied business administration and management at the University of Nebraska, Roosevelt University, and National Louis University.

Jim Croft will participate in “Board 101: Nonprofit Financials, Board Member Roles, and Legal Responsibility.”