Adam Wilhelm

Vice President

“I have driven success in over 25 campaigns across more than 60 engagements. This success comes from a partnership with my clients, focused on raising gifts that move the needle, and building the staffing and systems to support those efforts.”

Recent Clients Served

  • The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish      Hospital
  • Cadence Health Foundation
  • College of Saint Benedict
  • John Burroughs School
  • Latin School of Chicago
  • McCormick Theological Seminary
  • Northwestern Memorial Foundation
  • Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
  • Sage Hill School
  • University of Saint Joseph

Areas of Expertise 

Healthcare, Educational, Principal and Major Gift Fundraising, Campaign Management, Prospect Analytics and Management

About Adam Wilhelm

A hands-on collaborator, Adam Wilhelm engages organizational leadership and volunteers at the strategic level, and translates their visions into implementable activities for fundraising staff. Throughout his career, he has demonstrated consummate skill in a variety of areas, including:
  • Helping articulate the value of organizational investment in philanthropy
  • Helping clients secure transformational gifts in support of their missions 
  • Increasing efficiencies across fundraising operations 
  • Effectively engaging volunteers in active fundraising roles
  • Developing results-focused donor engagement strategies

In addition to leading fundraising and providing strategic counsel, Adam has held a number of interim leadership roles, including chief development officer, vice president, and campaign director, in advancement departments at hospitals, colleges and independent schools. Adam joined Campbell & Company from the Lutheran School of Theology (Chicago) where he served as a major gift officer during the seminary’s $56 million comprehensive campaign that exceeded its goal. During the campaign, he cultivated and solicited a national portfolio of donors and prospects for annual, capital and planned gifts at all levels.

Adam holds a bachelor’s degree from St. Olaf College with a double major in English and American Racial and Multi-Cultural Studies. He serves as the vice chair of the St. Olaf Fund Board and is an active member of the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP), the Association for Lutheran Development Executives (ALDE) and serves as a mentor for the Chicago chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).