Jennifer Nicely

CHI Memorial Foundation

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Jennifer Willis Nicely, CFRE is the Foundation President and Chief Philanthropy Officer for CHI Memorial, a role she has held since March 2008. Jennifer also serves as the Division Vice President of Philanthropy. She came to Memorial from Siskin Children’s Institute where she served as Director of Development. Previous fundraising experience includes nine years with Memorial Health Care System Foundation. She received her B.A. in English with a Business Administration minor from Vanderbilt University. She earned Certification as a Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) in 2003 and graduated from Leadership Chattanooga in 2006.

Jennifer’s fundraising experience has spanned from special events to annual fund to major gifts both as a professional and a volunteer. She recently completed a $17M capital campaign for CHI Memorial Foundation, the largest in the organization’s history, and has played an integral role in the Foundation’s fundraising efforts totaling more than $50M.

She has twice been honored with the Elise Chapin Moon Sustainer of the Year by the Junior League of Chattanooga and was named was a 2010 Chattanooga Woman of Distinction. Her other professional affiliations include the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy and the Rotary Club of Chattanooga.

Jennifer is married to attorney Maury Nicely and they have two sons, Charles and William. She is an active community volunteer having served in various leadership roles with organizations including Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Chattanooga Chapter (Chair), Chattanooga Theatre Centre, Chattanooga Women’s Leadership Institute, Chattanooga Neighborhood Enterprises, Junior League of Chattanooga (President), Hunter Museum of American Art, Lung Association, Bright School, Creative Discovery Museum, and Chambliss Home Children’s Shelter. She is also a parent volunteer for McCallie School and active member at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.