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 Health
- Carrol Emmott Fellowship – PHI
- Eastern Oregon University
- El Camino Hospital Foundation
- Faith Regional Medical Center
- Foundation for Community Care
- Harrison Medical Center Foundation
- Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation
- Overlake Medical Center Foundation
- PIH Health Foundation
- University Hospital Foundation
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
Healthcare, higher education, and arts & culture
ABOUT TOM WILSON
A former university and art organization chief philanthropy officer, Tom Wilson has turned around stalled campaigns, served as resident counsel, planned and executed successful campaigns, and provided leadership and guidance to organizations in a range of sectors. Tom’s support has helped fundraising and volunteer leaders achieve their full potential, gain deeper perspective on their organizations, and fully embrace their fundraising roles. In each client relationship, Tom values opportunities to:
- Listen 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 team of experienced fundraisers
Prior to joining Campbell & Company, Tom led his own consulting firm, Wilson & Associates, for 10 years. Past positions include the 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, and Assistant Conductor of the Lake Forest Symphony in Illinois. He began his fundraising career as an Endowment Campaign Consultant for the Ravinia Festival (summer home of the Chicago Symphony) in Highland Park, Illinois.
Tom trained as a musician (clarinet, saxophone and conducting) and has degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Northwestern University. His book Winning Gifts: Make Your Donors Feel Like Winners was published by John Wiley & Sons with the endorsement of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Publishing Committee. Tom is a certified trainer for Peter Drucker’s The 5 Most Important Questions self-assessment tool and uses this and other tools for strategic planning and board retreat facilitation. Tom frequently presents at conferences—AHP International, AHP Convene Canada, CASE, PSI, and AAMC.