About

“You are a shining star in our profession.”

Barbara Flasch, Senior Principal Gifts Officer, Mayo Clinic

“Thank you for the special work you do in teaching, guiding and inspiring us.”

Jim Boudreau, Major Gifts Officer, Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management

One of America’s most trusted fundraising experts, Rob has served many of Chicago’s best known institutions. Today, Rob Cummings Consulting guides capital campaigns, coaches advancement teams and helps nonprofit organizations nationally build strong, sustainable fundraising programs. “Organizations tell us their hopes and dreams. We help them get there.”

Through his deep understanding of the field, his enthusiasm, and his ability to nurture the growth and commitment of fundraising professionals, Rob has established a distinguished record of success. In his career he has managed three successful capital campaigns and has a proven track record of securing commitments at the principal gift level.

Rob teaches nonprofits and their gift officers how to develop relationships with patience, thoughtfulness and quiet confidence. Spending time listening, and connecting donors with opportunities that ignite their passions and meet the needs of others. Rob is an inspiring professional who uncomplicates fundraising and teaches the art of making the ask with ease.

He is the author of The Weekend Briefing, shared since 2008 with now 1,600 subscribers throughout the United States and 7 countries around the world. The Briefing combines development best practice with an inspiring message that resonates with senior professionals and new fundraisers alike.

“Winning: The Five Truths of Fundraising” is the long-anticipated book from this respected fundraising expert. It is available in print, eBook and audiobook on Amazon.com. Rob’s second book, “Major and Planned Gifts Unmasked,” will be published in 2022.