Do I Qualify?
Jim Boyle's avatarPerson

Jim Boyle

Vice President, Programs & CommunicationsRalph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation

Detroit, MI

Member Since January 2024


In 2016, Jim Boyle became one of the first executives hired by the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation, a time-limited, geographically focused grantmaking entity working across the Western New York and Southeast Michigan regions. The Foundation was established by the late Ralph C. Wilson, Jr., a lifelong Detroiter, and the founder and longtime owner of the Buffalo Bills NFL franchise. Utilizing a large portion of his estate and the funds from the sale of the team, the Foundation is projected to distribute more than $2 billion to nonprofit entities in the 16 counties of its two regions in a 20-year period, ending on January 8, 2035. To-date, Jim has managed over $750 million in grant commitments, helping build public-private partnerships that have leveraged hundreds of millions in additional funding towards transformational regional efforts. He oversees investment portfolios across Entrepreneurship and Economic Development; Parks, Trails & Green Design; Youth Sports & Recreation; Nonprofit Support & Innovation; and Communications for the Foundation. By partnering with corporations, philanthropy and the public sector, Jim has helped the Foundation make a greater impact in key areas. Examples include the Western New York Regional Revitalization Partnership, a $300 million effort that supports small business development, workforce and placemaking in Buffalo, Niagara Falls, and Rochester, New York; developing two signature parks in Buffalo and Detroit (designed by world renowned landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh) and over 250 miles of regional trails to address quality of life and talent attraction/retention issues; and partnering with ESPN and the Aspen Institute to develop the award-winning "Don't Retire Kid" campaign to help stem alarming attrition rates in youth sports. The urgency of the Foundation's spend-down nature is fostering innovation across the public and private sector, allowing communities in Southeast Michigan and Western New York re-imagine what's possible, and contributing to the conversation of how philanthropy operates.

Published content

The end of the chicken dinner: 5 considerations for transformative corporate giving


Here are five things to look for when considering corporate giving.

Company details

Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation

Company bio

The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation is a grantmaking organization dedicated primarily to sustained investment in the quality of life of the people of Southeast Michigan and Western New York. The two areas reflect the devotion of Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. to his hometown of Detroit and greater Buffalo, home of his beloved Buffalo Bills NFL team. Prior to his passing in 2014, Mr. Wilson provided that a significant share of his estate be used to continue a life-long generosity of spirit by funding the Foundation that bears his name. Based in Detroit, the Foundation began with a grantmaking capacity of $1.2 billion over a 20-year period, which expires January 8, 2035. This structure is consistent with Mr. Wilson’s desire for the Foundation’s impact to be immediate, substantial, measurable, and overseen by those who knew him best. For more information visit


Social impact & nonprofit

Company size

11 - 50