Giving thanks to Jim
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Jim loved Thanksgiving because it was a time to acknowledge, honor, and thank people. We want to create that space for him here. Join us in sharing your thoughts, memories, and stories of Jim in a perpetual thanks giving...
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2018-11-28 15:47:30 -0500
I did not know Jim but knew the system he created. I could not have run a campaign without Nationbuilder. My first time running for office and Nationbuilder was instrumental throughout the campaign.
Rest in peace Jim. Job well done.
Former Candidate for Cook County Board of Commissioners, 4th District
2018-11-28 15:45:53 -0500
Although I only met Jim once, his generosity was felt by me, and the men and women of Homeboy Industries in a profound way. You see, he gave us your beautiful office space to hold the Homeboy Industries staff Christmas party. Your offices were filled with dozens of men and women who after surviving poverty, violence, gangs and incarceration had the courage to not to just change their lives through the programs at Homeboy Industries,but to share their experience and wisdom with the thousands who walk through the doors annually. There are no cash and prizes for this dedication, only a lean non-profit salary.
There’s no precendent for a
staff christmas party overlooking Pershing Square with twinkly lights, exposed brick, Biltmore proximity and ping pong tables. We held the party for 3 years running and have incredible memories, like the sight of former gang enemies decorating our founder Fr. Greg Boyle as a Christmas tree, dancing and dining on Homegirl Cafe delicasies,and doing normal stuff like photo booths and ugly sweater contests.
NationBuilder stood with Homeboy and enabled us to create an experience taken for granted by many, but unfathomable to those on the margins, often demonized, and usually excluded. We thank you for the gift of your space, support for the men and women of reentry, and and the opportunity to share the goodwill of NationBuilder with Homeboy Industries.
2018-11-28 15:45:10 -0500
Sorry to read the news. Nation Builder, although way too complex for me to learn, was a system that many I know used to further progressive causes.
2018-11-28 15:44:27 -0500
Thank you for leading and creating a powerful tool for passion and good. Your company culture is a lasting legacy.
2018-11-28 15:43:58 -0500
In many ways, Jim was a really inspiring man. It wasn’t just his inspiring previous fights with cancer, which he wrote and talked about extensively. It was manifest in the technical work that Jim led that he had a deep commitment to professional best practices and he inspired/required a similar commitment from those he worked with. Surprising (extremely surprising) to many, but not to me was the fact that Jim placed the growth of his business and the personal growth of those around him above (far above) his personal politics.
When I interviewed for a job at Nationbuilder many years ago with Jim and Adriel Hampton, we quickly established that I couldn’t work at Nationbuilder because I was a minor party official at the time – but the manifest respect that Jim held for me stuck in my mind for years and that’s what made me so certain (as I had to explain at length to so many conservative campaigns) that 3DNA and Nationbuilder would (and did) treat conservative campaigns fairly and even-handedly (they always did and never wavered in that). That conversation quickly evolved from a job interview into a conversation about how we could work together to make Nationbuilder prosper (it was the very early years for NB) and about issues that people from disparate ends of the political spectrum could work together on – with joy and respect.
Jim, you brilliantly led a startup into becoming a major force in the online influence market, you inspired the personal growth of hundreds of thousands of people with whom you worked.
You were a positive force in my life, Jim and I’m very glad that we got to walk a few miles together.
2018-11-28 15:43:45 -0500
I had the pleasure of working with Jim at Lycos where it became clear to me that Jim was an incredibly special individual. Even at this early stage in the Internet, Jim’s belief that the “Internet is my religion” was clear. Jim created a taxonomy management tool called Link that suck in the
open directory and allowed us to have our way with it. Jim made it clear that it was not a tool named after me. Jim was awesome and I will miss him.
2018-11-28 15:42:58 -0500
Jim was one of the most inspirational people I have ever met. I loved having him on my show to talk about elections and “The Internet is My Religion”. He truly changed the world for the better and I treasure each and every conversation we had.
2018-11-28 15:39:13 -0500
I didn’t personally know Jim but I did get involved with this incredible platform. He had a vision that is so impressive, we all need to continue his dream with Nation Builder.
God bless his soul.
2018-11-28 15:39:08 -0500
Thank you Jim for your amazing inspiration to me and so many others here in Downtown Los Angeles and across the globe.
2018-11-28 15:36:56 -0500
I found Jim on the internet and was very inspired by his personal story, especially as I was then recovering from a life-threatening illness. I was later invited to an event at Nationbuilder and recognized him leaning against the wall in a corner. When there was a lull in the crowds around him, I introduced myself and thanked him for sharing the story of his life and medical journey and how his life had been informed by faith. We shared a lovely conversation, briefly bonded over how health challenges had unexpectedly impacted our lives.
Jim packed a lot of living into a tragically short number of years. I’m thankful for him and send condolences to all those touched by his life. Rest in Peace, Rise in Glory.
2018-11-28 15:36:45 -0500
I’m having such a hard time believing you are gone Jim. 💔 i remember so many good times over the years like when you came and got me in Texas when my life had hit rock bottom and told me we were going to California. It was a long road trip and we got pulled over because you had to stop and throw up on the side of the road and the cops thought you were intoxicated and saw you drive off like it was no big deal. They pulled us over and jim stepped out of the car and went and talked to the cops on the side and explained his story and my story. They gave us a warning for my taillight being out and shook my brothers hand. You never let the sickness hold you back from anything. We finally got to California and it was a fresh start. I lived with you till I got everything straighten out and started college.
You were so proud of me when I got elected as trustee of the school. I’ll never forget how proud you were. Jim was not a gift giving type of person but on this occasion he had gotten me a special pen engraved with my name on it and told me that I needed a nice pen to sign all those important documents and minutes that I’d be doing. I still to this day have the pen and only use it when signing an important document. ❤️
I could go on for hours telling stories of my brother but I think the most cherished memory I had of him was before all the cancer started when we were young. I remember every week sneaking into his room because he had a TV in there and the two of us would sit there and watch the X-Files together. Every commercial break id ask him what just happened since I was too young to understand what was even going on in the show and my brother everytime would explain to me all that we had watch. That is one of my favorite memories of us. Bonding over the X-Files and if my parents came in the room my brother would cover for me. Since I wasn’t allowed to watch X-Files back then. I miss those days. I miss you Jim bro. ❤️
2018-11-28 15:36:23 -0500
I never knew Jim, but I love the system he helped create.
2018-11-28 15:35:52 -0500
I went to some events at Nation Builder and found Jim to be very inspiring. I am sad to hear of his passing and my thoughts are with his friends and family
2018-11-28 15:34:50 -0500
I met Jim back in 2016 because a business partner suggested we should change CRMs to NationBuilder. I flew down to LA to meet with the NationBuilder team and really knew very little about NationBuilder and nothing about Jim. Jim dropped in on our meeting with the team and I first thought this tall, thin, and very pale guy was just another NationBuilder Engineer coming into our meeting. As we started to talk, it was clear he was a very talented Engineer, and it was just as clear that he was a visionary. We had a great conversation with Jim for about 10 to 15 minutes and then he had to go to another meeting but said that he would rather stay and talk. I wish that would have been the case. I would have missed my flight just to continue the conversation with Jim.
After our meeting, I watched some of the YouTube videos with Jim and read his memoir. He was truly a remarkable person and he will be missed, but his legacy will live on.
2018-11-28 15:34:29 -0500
Gone too soon. May he rest in peace. Our condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.
From all of us at Lynn Valley Services Society.
2018-11-28 15:34:15 -0500
2018-11-28 15:31:44 -0500
I will always be grateful for Jim’s leadership in creating a platform for more effective community organizing. NationBuilder is truly revolutionary, and democracy is better for it. Wordsworth wrote " Though nothing can bring back the hour
Of splendour in the grass, of glory in the flower;
We will grieve not, rather find
Strength in what remains behind…" Jim Gilliam left an immortal legacy.
2018-11-28 15:28:13 -0500
All these people saying they are going to pray… have a little respect for Jim’s memories and keep it to yourselves, please.
2018-11-28 15:23:54 -0500
Our deepest sympathy goes to the family for such a great lost but God has once again gotten a beautiful Angel never had the opportunity to meet him but heard of him he was truly a great man of God
2018-11-28 15:22:54 -0500
A large chunk of the opportunities and adventures in my life over the last year would not have happened without NationBuilder. Thank you Jim for your determination to make something that matters – for creating a community and platform that literally changes lives.
2018-11-28 15:20:23 -0500
Our most sincere condolences to Jim and his family and to NB. Thankyou.
Health care for All-WA
Carol St. John
2018-11-28 15:19:49 -0500
I, like many, never actually met Jim but felt connected and inspired by him through his writing and his work. His vision, his indomitable will, his courage gave witness to what we are called to be. His life is truly a great loss. My deepest sympathy to each of you who were part of his life, his mission, and share his passion.
2018-11-28 15:19:18 -0500
Our condolences to the Nationbuilder family and to Jim’s family. Nationbuilder helps our nonprofit do important work to protect our Northwest community from pesticides. We are grateful for Jim’s accomplishments that help make our work possible. – the staff of Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides (
2018-11-28 15:19:02 -0500
His vision for creating this incredible platform is so impressive. God bless his soul.
2018-11-28 15:18:59 -0500
He left his legacy.
Dante Fried chicken
2018-11-28 15:17:30 -0500
I am truly homered and sadden I follow Jim’s updates and he was the first clients I had who completely supported us and belvived in us.. Even when you were sick and not suppose to eat fried foods etc u still booked us witch just made me cry I’ll be real..i ’m in shock I know we didn’t hang out but this is moving me so much we have the deepest respect for you Jim hope you looking over us and your energy will be with us always wish I could have known you better but I’m glad I even got to know you. Send all prayer love and light to Jim and the ones he loved
Rev. Stephen Roach Knight
2018-11-28 15:16:39 -0500
I met Jim Gilliam in 2005 at Liberty University (of all places), through our mutual friend (and his fellow Liberty alum) Will Samson. That one day of conversation with Jim had a deep impact on me. I’ve followed his work ever since.
He’s had the proverbial nine lives, and he’s done so much for the world with every single chance that he got!
His talk “The Internet Is My Religion” is one worth watching again today, as I’m sure it will move you today as deeply as it did me when I first heard him give it back in 2011:
The world — and the progressive movement, in particular — has lost a true giant. But Jim will live on in bits and bytes for eternity. Thanks be to G-d.
2018-11-28 15:14:03 -0500
Jim’s legacy of innovation for better people engagement, ultimately for better collective results, is a good thing. It will no doubt continue to make a difference far into the future.
Condolences to all who love and cherish him.
2018-11-28 15:12:27 -0500
Sad news, Nationbuilder is such a great system with so many great people. Sincere condolences from everyone at UK Unity to Jim’s family.
2018-11-28 15:11:35 -0500
Peace, light and love will be with him on his journey…