Len is a career fundraiser of millions of dollars in major gifts, grants and annual funds. He is recognized
as a strategic and tactical thinker. Len is passionate about improving the culture of philanthropy and augmenting the performance
of not-for-profit organizations in fund development and public communications. He advises the Nonprofit Development Program of the Univ. of Wis.-Parkside Center for Community Engagement
and presents workshops under its auspices to enhance philanthropic performance in Southeastern Wisconsin.
Len began his professional career in newspaper and radio journalism. Following graduate studies at
Columbia University in the City of New York (MSJ), he joined the Academy for Educational Development (NFP think tank) in
New York City where he assisted with projects on journalism education, minority recruitment into journalism, higher education
management, international negotiation and mediation research, and cataloguing and analyzing international programs of U.S.
post-secondary educational institutions. Then, after leading the United Way of Kenosha County as executive director, he spent
thirty years in university fund raising and alumni programming.
As a board member
and officer, he has led human services agencies as well as fine and performing arts organizations to improve their philanthropic
performance and enhance their public reputations. He is a recipient of four national alumni programming and fundraising awards
from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (1981, ‘84, ‘88, ‘98), and a “15 Who Care
Award” from the Volunteer Connection of Switchboard of Fort Wayne, Indiana (1990). Len was recognized as Volunteer of
the Year by the Kenosha County United Way in 2010. He is a frequent presenter at local and national professional conferences
and contributes to professional journals.
His consulting practice includes presenting fund development
seminars for the Alliance for Strong Families & Communities, facilitating board strategic planning retreats, and helping
organizations plan and execute realistic fund development and campaign strategies. Len was a board and executive committee
member of the Alliance for Strong Families & Communities; was an Assistant District Governor of Rotary International
and Past President of Kenosha Rotary; and served as President of the Racine-Kenosha Estate Planning Council. He is a board
member of Hospice Alliance Foundation (Kenosha), and served as President of the United Way of Kenosha County. He is a
member of the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning of Eastern Wisconsin and its Leave A Legacy committee, and the
Association of Fundraising Professionals. Len explores issues of importance to Southeastern Wisconsin on his 43-minute Public
Radio interview program on WGTD-FM-HD (http://www.wgtd.org/Community_Matters.asp).