Adam Wilhelm

Vice President

I have driven success in over 50 campaigns across more than 100 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

  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • American Civil Liberties Union
  • Ball State University
  • Drew University
  • Duke University
  • College of Saint Benedict
  • Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital
  • John Burroughs School
  • Latin School of Chicago
  • Lawrence University
  • Marquette University

  • Northwestern Memorial Foundation
  • Sarasota Memorial Health Foundation
  • Shirley Ryan AbilityLab
  • Sourthern Illinois University Edwardsville
  • ThedaCare Family of Foundations

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 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 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

In addition to leading fundraising assessments, campaign planning studies, 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 is a thought leader in the healthcare and education sectors and writes frequently on matters such as grateful patient programs, principal gifts, and endowment campaigns. He is also a guest speaker at events throughout the country. Adam joined Campbell & Company from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago where he served as Director of Advancement during the seminary’s successful $56 million comprehensive campaign. 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 Chair of the St. Olaf Fund Board and is a regular presenter at regional and national conferences of CASE-NAIS, CASE, AHP, and AFP.