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Alan Zacharias Associates LLC is a full-service organizational advancement consultancy based in Wheaton, Illinois. As President and lead consultant, Alan provides counsel to a variety of public and private universities, Christian organizations, and other non-profits in strategic planning, board development, campaign readiness, campaign planning, and major and planned gift fund raising.
Prior to consulting, Alan served for 20 years in higher education including Vice President for University Advancement and President of the Foundation at Southeast Missouri State University; Senior Vice President at Concordia University-Chicago; and Vice President for University Advancement at Concordia University at Irvine.
A graduate of Murray State University, Murray, Kentucky, Alan received his MBA from Dominican University (Chicago) and is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. For his research and academic presentations, Alan was named 2004 University of Education Doctoral Student of the Year. He is also a 2000 alumnus of Harvard University Institute for Educational Management.
Alan is a nationally recognized leader among advancement professionals and is a frequent presenter on
strategic visioning, organizational effectiveness, board development, major gift fund raising, and planned giving. He volunteers for a variety of professional organizations. He was a founding director of CFRE International, the baseline fund raising credentialing organization based in Alexandria, Virginia, served as President of the Association of Lutheran Development Executives (ALDE), and has served on the faculties of St. Mary’s University (Minnesota) Masters in Advancement degree program; Calvin University’s Van Lunen Fellows Program; the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education’s Graduate and Professional University Advancement series; and the Pastoral Leadership Institute.
“When I arrived at Murray State as a new president, and Alan had already been engaged by our Foundation Board to lay the groundwork for what would ultimately be the largest campaign in the University’s history. He’s been with us all the way through! In working with me—beyond breaking down into manageable, workable steps what seemed at the outset to be a Herculean task—Alan became a key mentor in my presidential role and a valued professional colleague. Half of our fundraising in the recent campaign is supporting student scholarships, so Alan’s dedication and leadership to MSU is truly leaving a legacy for our institution.”
“AZA develops the donor leadership that is most critical to meeting campaign goals while also making sure systems are in place for effective, long-term fundraising success. He’s a true professional!”
I have had the opportunity to work with many fundraising consultants during my career; many look at their clients as simply another job, Alan looks at how he can make you and your organization successful – to him it is personal. I greatly appreciated his wise counsel, experience, and steady hand throughout our record-setting campaign.
“As a school for young Christians, we want all of our leaders, teachers, administrators and staff to not only understand our mission, but to live it. We work with Alan Zacharias Associates because they model that attitude as they work with us to help fund this dynamic vision.”
” I appreciate how Alan Zacharias Associates uses small steps to greatly expand the achievement of great goals. During Alan’s tenure our institution received the “Most Improved Advancement Program” Award by the Council for the Advancement and Support (CASE). We also completed the largest campaign in our history based on funds raised and stakeholders engaged. We consider AZA a valued member of our team.”
“Alan is simply the best when it comes to crafting effective strategies and plans for fund raising success. He is strategic minded, superb with boards and donors, and always finds a way to produce top results no matter the challenges!”
“Alan Zacharias isn’t a typical consultant. He has worked in the trenches. He has walked the walk. That makes him that much more credible to your staff, management, and board when he talks the talk, and transforms your advancement efforts in the process.”
“Alan provides a very collegial atmosphere while constantly pushing us to push ourselves. He is an important partner in ministry”
“Concordia College Alabama, like many 501 (C) 3 organizations is cautious when engaging a consultant. Consultants are expensive and sometimes do not perform as anticipated. Fortunately we have been blessed through our engagement of Alan Zacharias of AZA Consulting. He not only brought tremendous help to our ministry in terms of Mission, Vision, Strategic Initiatives and Comprehensive Campaign – but – he helped bring organization to the development shop, helped us identify professional leadership for the Advancement Office and implanted a system that has helped us identify new prospects and add many new major gift donors.”“Concordia College Alabama has been blessed through its engagement of Alan Zacharias Associates because of his knowledge, work ethic, abilities, and passion. What he has brought to our ministry in the past two years has more than paid for the cost of his services.”
“Alan Zacharias Associates LLC is the secret behind Concordia Alabama’s Financial Success. Alan Zacharias and his team developed strategy and programs to reconnect to our donors, identify qualified prospects, and develop new, generous avenues of support. Alan Zacharias Associates’ business ethos is about more than securing funds…it is about ensuring a bright, sustainable future.”