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


Founder and Principal Tim Winkler spent his first fifteen professional years in university advancement. He worked in small and large shops, in all positions from annual fund and alumni affairs to director of development and chief development officer.

Each university he worked for went through a campaign during his time there. Each school hired the “best” campaign counsel in the profession…or at least what they were led to believe was the best.

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, and checked in periodically. 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. With a vision for creating something completely different than anything Tim had previously experienced in fundraising, the Winkler Group would serve clients the way he had wanted to be served.

The Winkler Group is built on servant leadership. The difference manifests itself through a commitment to serving the client’s highest priorities and delivering results. We believe that the very best leadership can only come from a team of consultants that

  • is just as invested in a project as the client;
  • anticipates the clients’ needs and initiates the solution;
  • values partnership and creativity;
  • and has the professional skills and experience to help a client achieve success.

More than ten years later, it is clear that other organizations were also in search of a more client-centered approach. We know this because our brand of servant leadership has been welcomed and embraced. We hear all the time from our clients, “We’ve used other consultants before, but we’ve never experienced anything like this.”

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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