Dawn M. S. Miller, CFRE

A fund development professional since 1997 and a Consultant with Zielinski Companies since 2004, Ms. Miller leads congregations of women and men religious and their related institutions and nonprofits with an education-based approach to understanding and implementing successful fund development initiatives.

Dawn has been a featured speaker at national conventions and regional fund development workshops, a presenter on national audio conferences and webinars, and a frequent contributor to local, national, and international fundraising publications.

She has an extensive background in designing and managing annual fund programs; drafting case statements; directing and mentoring fund development offices; overseeing database conversions; conducting development assessments/audits; managing major gifts/planned giving initiatives; assisting in strategic planning; leading development office reconfigurations/mergers; and integrating marketing/communications with fundraising to support organizational objectives and expand fundraising capacity.

Throughout her career, Dawn has raised millions for international missionary programs, religious retirement, provincial and motherhouse expenditures, social services and apostolic programs, and disaster relief around the world. In addition, she has raised funds for capital campaigns, annual funds, college scholarships, special gift campaigns, and endowments.

Dawn is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), National Catholic Development Conference (NCDC), NCDC/St. Louis Regional Planning Committee, Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious (CMSWR) Advisory Council, St. Louis Planned Giving Council (SLPGC), National Association of Charitable Gift Planners (CGP), Sacred Heart Villa Development Advisory Board, and an active community volunteer. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications with an emphasis in Communication Theory and Rhetoric from the University of Missouri—St. Louis.  Contact