John Sullivan

Advancement Strategist

Meet John Sullivan

John Sullivan specializes in people, leadership, and organizational health. His mission as a Generis Total Advancement Solution Strategist spans more than 17 years of Christian higher education, Christian PK-12 school, and church executive leadership. 


Partnership with John looks like integrating all facets of organizational leadership into a kinetic path leading to the fruition of God-inspired vision. He has worn departmental hats in enrollment and advancement, in vision and executive leadership, in operations and finance.


In his career, John has doubled enrollment, cast God-sized vision, erased decades-old debt, wrote policy, raised millions of dollars for organizational growth, coached boards of directors, and partnered with Christian and community leaders all over the United States. Most importantly, the heart of John’s day-to-day leadership looks like walking through despair and grief with anxious high school students, celebrating admission acceptance with newly settled international students, and navigating the most difficult seasons of financial insecurity by remaining hopeful and encouraging of others.


John has two degrees from Harding University: a master’s degree in professional counseling and a B.A. in ministry. He is continuing his education with a doctorate degree that will enable him to serve God’s people in a more meaningful way as they seek to advance God’s kingdom. 


John builds teams, grows volunteer bases, and seeks out stakeholders that are diverse and well-rounded. For John, leading diverse teams who collaborate well with one another is not a goal; it’s a priority.

 John and his wife, Brittany live on a small farm in Fairview, Tenn., where they are raising their young daughter. John is an outdoorsman, and if he doesn’t answer your phone call, he is probably on a small mountain stream fly fishing for rainbow and brown trout. Also, John enjoys playing keys and singing vocals for local worship bands.



Our team of experts provides guidance for every stage of your campaign from feasibility study to campaign planning and execution. We create customized strategies to communicate vision, ensure board alignment, engage major givers, host events, onboard new givers, and track progress toward your goals.

We dig deep into your giving data, evaluate print and online communications, explore mission/vision alignment with fundraising processes, assess the return on investment of your events, evaluate staff roles, and make customized recommendations for strengthening your development program.

We come alongside you to set gift income goals, acquire new donors, expand communication strategies, build a stronger major gifts program, add a planned gifts program, help your board understand their role in fundraising, and ensure execution by assigning specific tasks and dates to the right people.

Through targeted one-on-one interviews with your highest capacity givers, a full analysis of your giving data, and a thorough review of your organizational structure, we provide an honest assessment of your campaign readiness and a realistic campaign goal for your organization to pursue.


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