Tom-Wilson

Tom Wilson

Vice President

“In my role of trusted advisor and coach I help my clients address crucial issues to meet their needs – creating a more compelling case for support, building confidence in board members for their role in fundraising, helping fundraising staff set priorities to focus on results, or serving as a sounding board for management. Together we build a team to transform my client’s fundraising to impact their mission and the community.”

Recent Clients Served

  • Adventist Medical Center
  • California Dental Association      Foundation
  • Carroll College
  • Clark Fork Valley Hospital
  • Eastern Oregon University
  • Foundation for Community Care
  • Mercy House
  • Open Meadow Alternative Schools
  • Oregon Historical Society
  • PeaceHealth Southwest Washington      Medical Center
  • Pharmacy Foundation of California
  • Shriners Hospitals for Children –      Portland
  • Teton Science Schools
  • Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
  • University Hospital Foundation
  • Utah Valley University
  • Westminister Presbyterian Church
  • Yellowstone Art Museum

Areas of Expertise

Healthcare, Higher Education, and Arts & Culture Philanthropic Fundraising

About Tom Wilson

Tom Wilson is a big-picture person. Building successful campaigns from inception, reinvigorating stalled initiatives and leading board and staff training summits are just a few of his talents. He takes on each of these challenges by first asking clients to reflect on their impact to society and to tell their story to the community of donors to understand what inspires philanthropic investments to their cause. Tom asks nonprofit leaders to focus on their organization's vision for the future and how they can transform the people that they serve. He helps clients understand that creating a culture of philanthropy throughout the organization, not just in the fundraising office, can inspire donors to new heights of giving.

In each client relationship, Tom values opportunities to:

  • Listen deeply to donors to understand their values to help facilitate philanthropic investments
  • Apply his creativity, discipline and flexibility to help guide clients to success
  • Motivate and empower volunteer fundraisers to help the fundraising process
  • Draw upon the wisdom of Campbell & Company’s great team of highly experienced fundraisers

One client, Jack Shea, Executive Director of Teton Science Schools (Jackson, Wyoming), recently noted:  “We needed an expert, and you brought experience. We needed direction, and you laid out a map. We needed confidence, and you held up the mirror. We needed to get moving, and you cracked the whip. We needed advice, and you wrote the book.”

Tom Wilson frequently presents at conferences—his two most recent workshops include “The Win Win Ask” and “Physicians in Philanthropy.” Recently, 129 nonprofit leaders across North America were asked to recommend books that had changed their lives, and one of those books was Tom Wilson’s Winning Gifts: Make your Donors Feel Like Winners, published by Wiley & Sons.  Tom is a certified facilitator for Peter Drucker’s The 5 Most Important Questions self-assessment tool. He also writes articles for his website, www.MajorGiftsGuru.com.

Prior to joining Campbell & Company in 2003, Tom served for 10 years as president of his own consulting firm, Wilson & Associates. Past fundraising staff positions include Vice President of Development at the Oregon Graduate Institute of Science & Technology, Vice President for Development at the Phoenix Symphony, Director of Corporate and Foundation Development at Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago and General Manager, Chief Fundraiser, Assistant Conductor, and third chair percussionist of the Lake Forest Symphony in Illinois. Tom began his fundraising career as an endowment campaign consultant for the Ravinia Festival (summer home of the Chicago Symphony).

Tom trained as a musician and educator (clarinet, saxophone and conducting – high school, youth orchestra, and community symphony) and has degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Northwestern University. Tom and his wife Sue enjoy sailing on the Oregon Coast on their 35’ sloop Ihlabela.