Like many great stories, the story of the Winkler Group begins with a need—a gap in the philanthropic marketplace.


Tim Winkler spent fifteen years in advancement. Each university he worked for went through a campaign during his time there. They hired the “best” campaign counsel in the profession.

No matter how big or well-respected the firm, Tim was consistently underwhelmed by their service. Their counsel was boiler plate, generic. They kept the client busy being busy. They were quick to take credit when things went well, and the first to blame others when success didn’t come.

Because Tim always felt like things could-and should-be done differently, he founded the Winkler Group in 2004 to serve clients the way he had wanted to be served. That means a team of consultants that rolls up their sleeves and does most of the work. A team that is creative and relentless in providing the solutions that lead to a successful campaign.



The generous will prosper: those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.
(Proverbs 11:25)

  • Over $1 Billion Raised
  • Our campaigns achieve 117% of their original goals
  • Our consultants have 200 years of fundraising experience