Thomas J. Wright
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48103 Cell: 734.277.1620
A highly skilled, successful, experienced provider of integrated sales, marketing, and fundraising with
expertise in strategic plans and corporate sponsorships. Proven ability to practically apply experience to
business issues through use of broad expertise in all aspects of fund raising, sales and marketing.
Excellent problem solving, interpersonal, written and verbal skills. Experience includes:
Prospect Identification Sales
Gift Cultivation, Solicitation and Closing Marketing and Public Relations
Annual Fund and Major Donor Programs Fundraising
Video Production & Graphic Design Public Speaking
Database Management & CRM Solutions Event Planning
Donor Relations & Stewardship Research
THE PAUL SCHULTE FOUNDATION INC., Bradenton, FL 2012 – Present
Paul Schulte is the Co-Captain of the U.S. Men’s Wheelchair Basketball Team. As part of my graduate
studies at the Indiana University Center on Philanthropy I have worked in an internship with the Paul
Schulte Foundation and collaborated with a number of other organizations to help secure corporate
sponsors and donations. The purpose of the Paul Schulte Charitable Foundation is to fund children in
wheelchairs to attend a weeklong transformational basketball camp. Here is a video that I helped
produce to interest the Cleveland Cavaliers in hosting an event to benefit the foundation:
THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN HEALTH SYSTEM, Ann Arbor, MI 2007-2012
The highly respected academic medical center of the University of Michigan.
Annual Giving Officer
Identified, solicited and retained donors for the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation.
Produced six videos that created awareness of the major clinical programs, which were
successfully used to raise funds, most recently resulting in a recurring annual gift of from the
Fraternal Order of Eagles.
Indentified, solicited and retained donors.
Produced and delivered faculty presentations
THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN, MICHIGAN PUBLIC MEDIA, Ann Arbor, MI 2002-2007
Parent organization of Michigan Public Radio and formerly Michigan Television.
Planned and assisted in the execution of major donor events.
Assisted in securing revenue of over $1.8 million over five years
Exceeded goals by over 20% in FY 2004 through 2006
Secured two prominent speakers (Fred Kaufman of the PBS show “Nature” and Claire Bolderson of
the BBC Newshour) and managed three major donor events.
Secured an interview with Ms. Bolderson that broadcast on the BBC Newshour to over 40 million
Thomas J. Wright
DAS GROUP, Ann Arbor, MI 1998-2002
National Sales Manager
(Media Sales & Planning).
Responsible for the acquisition of over $400,000 in donations for two Lutheran denominations. This
funding came from foundations, congregations and individuals. The funds were used for a
communications and branding campaign.
Created multi-denominational consortium that brought creative and media planning solutions to the
$25,000,000 United Methodist Communications’ “Igniting the Ministry Campaign”.
DIRECT TECH ASSOCIATES, Inc., Livonia, MI 1996-1998
Planned, managed and sold internet/yellow pages for national and regional accounts.
RUPPMAN MARKETING TECHNOLOGIES, Troy, MI 1994-1996
Account Development Manager
Planned and sold inbound/outbound-telemarketing, literature fulfillment and internet/yellow pages
for national and regional clients.
Client list included Saturn Corporation, Monroe Auto Equipment and Sherwin Williams.
Manager of Saturn and Monroe Auto Equipment Award winning teams for excellent customer
service in 1995.
B.A., Advertising, (Minor in Business Administration) Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
Certificate in Grant Writing 101, The Grant Institute, Los Angeles, CA,
Received; course work included, the fundamentals of program planning, professional grant writing, and
Certificate of Fundraising Management (CFRM), The Fundraising School at the Center on
Philanthropy at Indiana University – Includes: "Developing Leadership for Major Gifts", "Planned Giving:
Getting the Proper Start", Principles and Techniques of Fundraising 101, and Interpersonal
Executive Masters Program, The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, completed four of the
six core courses. Program should be completed in the next three years.
MEMBERSHIPS / AFFILIATIONS
Member, Fraternal Order of Eagles
Member, Volunteer at YMCA of Ann Arbor
Member, Volunteer, Choir Member at Bethlehem United Church of Christ, Ann Arbor