Jill Rafferty

Director of Major Gifts

Region covered: Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and West Virginia


Jill brings more than 20 years experience in nonprofit fundraising, volunteer and donor engagement and project management. Just prior to returning to the American Cancer Society, Jill was the Director of Advancement for the Academy of the Sacred Heart. In her role, she was responsible for all fundraising for the school, including the development and leadership of a new multi-million
dollar campaign. 

Jill worked for the American Cancer Society for a number of years before moving to the Academy of the Sacred Heart. Jill worked in both the corporate and distinguished events capacity on behalf of ACS in Southeast Michigan.  During that time, she managed and led C-level volunteer relationships, increased and expanded corporate partnerships, built leadership succession plans, and facilitated the unique Purple Your Profile campaign with Chevrolet resulting in an increase of volunteers nationwide as well as $1M in new revenue. 

Before her time with ACS she worked with abused and neglected children, unwanted and abandoned companion animals, and also in professional association work.

Jill is a graduate of the University of Michigan and resides in the metro Detroit area with her husband, Michael and her two daughters, Liddy and Maddy. 

For more information about making a donation to the American Cancer Society, call 248.663.3461.

To contact this Director of Major Gifts, please email jill.rafferty@cancer.org.