Suzanne Hilser-Wiles joined GG+A in 2011, bringing to the firm more than 15 years of experience in advancement, program-building, and campaign planning and implementation in higher education, healthcare, arts and cultural, and other non-profit organizations.
Prior to joining the firm, Suzanne served since 2007 as Vice-Chancellor for Advancement at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA). At UNCSA, she was responsible for overseeing fundraising, communication, and marketing programs, including admissions marketing, alumni relations, and the press office for a conservatory in the 16-campus UNC system. In addition, she served on a five-person executive team advising the University chancellor on all major policy decisions, as well as primary staff member for the Advancement Committee of the Board of Trustees.
During her tenure at UNCSA, Suzanne developed and implemented an individual major giving program, including planned giving, and designed training and support programs to engage the CEO, deans, and trustees in fundraising. In recognition of her work at UNCSA, Suzanne received the "Women in Business" Award in 2010 from The Business Journal of the Triad.
Suzanne joined UNCSA from CancerCare, a national healthcare nonprofit based in New York City with offices throughout the country, where she served as Director of External Affairs, overseeing fundraising staff in New York and in other cities. At CancerCare, she evaluated and redesigned four major fundraising programs: direct mail, gift processing, major gifts, and sponsorship, while also developing an additional revenue stream through the organization’s individual giving program.
Before joining CancerCare, Suzanne served as Senior Development Officer for Corporate Annual Programs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where she oversaw the museum’s $5 million annual corporate fundraising program and staffed the Museum’s business committee.
Prior to working at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Suzanne served for three years as Associate Director of Individual and Leadership Giving at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, where she designed and implemented the Museum’s first formal major gifts program, developing individual donor plans and maintaining a pool of major donors during the launch of an $850 million capital campaign. Suzanne began her career in institutional advancement with Pets are Wonderful Support, where she served as Director of Development.
An active community volunteer, Suzanne currently serves on the Associates Board of Brenner Children’s Hospital, and has previously served as an Alumna Fundraiser for The Masters School, a member of the Gala Benefit Committee of the New York Stage & Film Company, and a member of the Family Benefit Committee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Suzanne received her bachelor’s degree in art history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and holds a master’s degree in arts administration from the Golden Gate University in San Francisco.
- Bryn Mawr School
- University of Calgary
- University of Cambridge
- Christ School
- College of Charleston Foundation
- Curtis Institute of Music
- Duke Cancer Institute
- Episcopal High School of Baton Rouge
- Georgia State University
- Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center
- Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
- Philadelphia Museum of Art
- San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
- Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and Museum
- Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute
- University of Toronto, Joseph L. Rotman School of Management
- Victoria University of the University of Toronto
Cell Phone: 312.399.3692
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Everyone's a Fundraiser – Using Your Entire Staff in Your Development Plan
Presented by Farah Salim, Suzanne Hilser-Wiles
March 1, 20122898||184
Strategies for Your Membership Base: Realizing its Philanthropic Potential
Presented by Matthew Slovitt, Suzanne Hilser-Wiles
September 8, 2011206||184