Meet Jamilia! Our Chief Philanthropy Officer, Northern Region

Since 2001, Jamilia B. Shipman, MA, CFRE has learned a few things about the joys and challenges of managing nonprofit organizations. As a fund development expert, Jamilia knows fundraising theory, and more importantly, how to implement best practices. Jamilia's passion is faith-based and grassroots organizations.

Jamilia earned a masters degree in philanthropy and development from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota. She earned her CFRE credential in 2016 and has served as an instructor for the CFRE Review Course. 

A native of the Hampton Roads region in Virginia, Jamilia spends every moment she can relaxing at the beach and listening to NPR. A small town girl at heart, Jamilia is proud to live in Smithfield, Virginia where she is a member of the Isle of Wight Community Foundation Board of Directors.

She is also a newly published author. Click here to purchase a copy of her book entitled, "Like a River Flowing: A Memoir on Loss, Transformation & Empowerment.

Contact Jamilia at jamilia@philanthropypartnersllc.com


Meet Tiffany! Our Chief Philanthropy Officer, Southern Region

Tiffany Stafford is a proud native northeast Houstonian and has been helping nonprofits and educational institutions develop programs and funding for more than twenty years. After attending public schools in Houston, she headed east to complete high school, college and graduate studies, graduating from St. Paul’s School in Concord, NH, Emory University in Atlanta, GA and Trinity Washington University in Washington, DC.

Passionate about education, Tiffany launched her fundraising career in the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at American University and later in the Office of Development at Trinity Washington, both in the nation’s capital. She also worked at The Catholic University of America and the Black Student Fund in Washington.  

Since returning to Houston in 2006, Tiffany has lent her skills in program development, program management and fundraising to some of the city’s best known assistance ministries, including Christian Community Service Center, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston and Humble Area Assistance Ministries. Tiffany believes that success is not just defined by “making it” but by “making it back.” 

Contact Tiffany at tiffany@philanthropypartnersllc.com.

Meet John! Our Editor

As a writer and researcher with a long history in communications, John is a diligent writer and strategist with a desire to learn and share the genuine stories of others in order to help to make their lives, and the world as a whole, a better place in any way he can.


A 2012 “cum laude” graduate from Christopher Newport University with a B.A. in Communications, John went on to earn a master’s degree in business science at the prestigious VCU Brandcenter advertising school. It was there that he honed his love of storytelling and analyzing tasks to solve problems for others, determined to improve their well-being and motivate positive change. This drive was further honed in his time at agencies such as BCF in Virginia Beach, VA and PI&C in Brooklyn, NY, and he loves to dive in and research every aspect of a challenge, using his journalistic skills to present findings in an exciting and thoughtful manner.


Born and raised in Suffolk, VA, John spends most of his time in the Hampton Roads region. He enjoys spending his downtime improving upon his hobbies, such as drawing and model building. He frequently collaborates online with friends on independently editing and preparing English subtitles for obscure and vintage Japanese media, a passion project which lead to a dream come true when his work was officially used by Discotek Media for their home release of MegaBeast Investigator Juspion in 2019.

Meet Jonae! Our Administrative Assistant


Jonae serves as the administrative assistant for Philanthropy Partners. She is currently a first year student at Old Dominion University and she plans to pursue a major in nursing and a minor in business. Jonae’s goal is to be a travelling nurse. Jonae supports medical research and cares most about children’s hospitals.


As a member of the Philanthropy Partners team, Jonae works with our clients to schedule meetings, manage website content and serves as site coordinator for our special events. She is also responsible for our marketing efforts.


Jonae is a native of Herndon, Virginia and enjoys spending time with her family, baking and painting.