Tony Grundhauser has been delivering fundraising results to educational and nonprofit institutions for twenty-five years. He is an accomplished nonprofit leader, Board member and fundraiser.
Tony is a recognized leader in the world of fundraising. He is frequently invited to speak to nonprofit management students, present at community forums, and provide counsel on issues of organizational strategy and philanthropy. Tony is driven by his values and his passion for mission. Board leaders consistently comment on his strategic approach to leadership and management as well as his ability to communicate with great effectiveness. To honor his achievements at Hamline University he was nominated and accepted to the prestigious Harvard University Institute for Educational Management, “the nation’s oldest and pre-eminent program for professional development of college and university leaders.”
Tony started his career as the first Campaign Director for the Minnesota Environmental Fund where he increased the number of workplaces conducting fundraising campaigns on behalf of environmental organizations. From there, he moved to The Nature Conservancy’s Minnesota Chapter where he built a 30-plus member Corporate Council and helped shape its Campaign for Conservation. Tony rose rapidly through the ranks at TNC and ultimately was promoted to Director and Senior Manager to lead the Conservancy’s work in Canada. From 2003 to 2006, Tony led an international campaign that raised $60 million to secure the permanent protection of more than 5 million acres in British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest.
After those three years of intense travel, Tony settled back in the Twin Cities to work in higher education, first as Director of Individual Gifts at Macalester College and then for eight years as Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Hamline University. Already schooled in the “art of fundraising”, his experience in higher education demanded he become expert in the “science of fundraising”, putting data analytics into practice. At both institutions he was a leader of capital campaigns, and is proud to drive the length of Snelling Avenue in St. Paul where visible signs of his campaign achievements can be viewed: Macalester’s Leonard Center athletic and wellness complex and Hamline’s Carol Young Anderson and Dennis L. Anderson (student) Center.
Most recently, Tony was the Executive Director for the Minnesota Zoo Foundation. There, he led the foundation to its best fundraising year in history (2019) doubling results from recent years. Under his leadership, the Zoo improved its annual fundraising performance, raised its largest gift in history ($6 million) and launched the ambitious “Step Into Nature” capital campaign.
Tony is a resident of St. Paul, Minnesota, holds a B.A. in English from St. Olaf College and earned his Master’s degree from the University of St. Thomas.