Adam Wilhelm

Senior Consultant

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“I have driven success in over 20 campaigns across more than 50 engagements. Drawing on a combination of advancement services and frontline major gifts fundraising experience, I help my clients identify opportunities and overcome crucial challenges facing all aspects of their fundraising programs."


Areas of Expertise

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

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 development staff. Throughout his career, he has demonstrated consummate skill in a variety of areas, including:

  • Helping clients secure major gifts in support of their missions 
  • Increasing efficiencies across development operations 
  • Fostering board members’ understanding of their role in fundraising
  • Helping articulate the value of philanthropy to an organization’s work 
  • Developing donor engagement strategies that link organizations’ missions to individuals’ interests

Adam joined Campbell & Company from the Lutheran School of Theology (Chicago) where he served as a major gift officer during Equipping the Saints for Ministry, a $56 million comprehensive campaign that exceeded its goal. During the campaign, he cultivated and solicited donors for annual, capital and planned gifts at all levels.

Prior this role, Adam served as the Director of Advancement Services, heading the annual fund and overseeing all aspects of the School’s fundraising operations including data systems and prospect research and management. He established an annual fund strategy that resulted in a 30 percent increase in giving over three years, successfully developed and implemented the School’s first moves management program and substantially enhanced donor focused communications.

Adam holds a bachelor’s degree from St. Olaf College with a double major in English and American Racial and Multi-Cultural Studies. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Association for Lutheran Development Executives (ALDE) and serves as a mentor for the Chicago chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

Current or Recent Clients Served

  • The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital (St. Louis, MO)
  • Cadence Health Foundation (Winfield, IL)
  • College of Saint Benedict (St. Joseph, MN)
  • John Burroughs School (St. Louis, MO)
  • Latin School of Chicago (Chicago, IL)
  • McCormick Theological Seminary 
    (Chicago, IL)
  • Northwestern Memorial Foundation 
    (Chicago, IL)
  • Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago              (Chicago, IL)
  • Sage Hill School (Newport Coast, CA)
  • University of Saint Joseph (Hartford, CT)