Value Statement

  • We believe that best practices combined with powerful missions deliver the best results
  • We believe it’s all about relationships
  • We believe in experience, objectivity, empathy and positive reinforcement
  • We believe that organizations don’t care how much we know until they know how much we care
  • We believe that people make philanthropic investments for their own reasons, not the nonprofit’s
  • We believe that empowering volunteers drives successful fundraising and fuels sustainability
  • We believe that giving is noble

About Bruce Matthews

Bruce Matthews’ career in the nonprofit world is built on his experience as a fundraiser, when he learned and understood how collaboration between staff, leadership and volunteers could facilitate transformations for large and complex institutions. He brings this knowledge to his work with nonprofit organizations.

Bruce spent 17 years at national consulting firm, Campbell & Company, based in Chicago, after serving as Director of Development at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, where he managed a staff of 50 and helped craft the strategy for a comprehensive campaign. Prior to that, he spent eight years at the University of Wisconsin Foundation as Senior Director of Development in the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Department of Engineering. While there, Bruce was involved with the university’s first comprehensive campaign, the $475 million Campaign for Wisconsin, and helped organize the College of Engineering’s $100 million Vision 2000 campaign. He also served as the Director of Marketing and Development for Wisconsin Public Radio and the general manager of symphony orchestras in Rochester, MN and Madison, WI.

Bruce is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Idaho, receiving degrees in music performance specializing on the French horn. As a musician, he played in several symphony orchestras in his native Wisconsin. Later, as a member of both the music faculty of the University of Idaho and the Spokane Symphony Orchestra, he performed and lectured throughout the intermountain West and Canada. Bruce taught a class in major gift fundraising at the Northwestern University School of Professional Studies for ten years.


“Bruce was an invaluable asset to our team.  His experience and insight enabled the initial comprehensive campaign of the institution to achieve success.”

Steve Brown, President
University of South Dakota Foundation
(formerly, Vice President for Development, Indiana State University Foundation)

“In all my dealings with Bruce, I have found him thoughtful and thorough in working with his clients.  He seeks to clearly understand what the needs are of the organization and then pursues the best practices and innovation to the right solutions for the challenge at hand.  I highly recommend Bruce to any non-profit seeking an experienced, insightful professional.”

Jeffery L. McLain, MMC, CRFE
Vice President for Institutional Advancement
Kent State University

“Bruce brought the much-needed professional advice and knowledge we needed. He kept us on track through regular involvement, was flexible with us, and helped us exceed our campaign goals! We could not have done that without his expert counsel.”

Tonya L. Dedering, Regional Director of Philanthropy
St. Elizabeth Hospital Foundation | Mercy Health Foundation

“Bruce Matthews is a seasoned development professional and a superb consultant for your next campaign or other development efforts. Having covered all aspects of development in a long career, Bruce’s background will serve you well as you advance your momentum.”

Judi Smith, Director of Planned Giving
Arizona Community Foundation