Leonard A. Bertolini
Len Bertolini is a passionate advancement professional with almost 25 years of experience including more than 20 in the chief advancement officer role. His focus throughout his career has been in serving at institutions in the private secondary and higher education sectors. He is a results-driven, sound strategist and relationship builder with a track record of success in fundraising and building effective advancement teams. Len has worked in organizations with budgets ranging from $10 million to $140 million. He began his career almost three decades ago as the Director of Development at Mount Carmel High School on Chicago’s South Side to his most recent role as the Vice President of Development at Benedictine University in Lisle, IL. Len also had highly successful stints in advancement leadership roles at St. Viator High School, De La Salle Institute, St. Francis High School, and Lewis University.
Len has designed and led five successfully completed multi-million dollar comprehensive campaigns including a $35 million campaign at Lewis University in Romeoville, IL (the largest in its history) where he served as the Vice President for Advancement. He has solicited the single largest gifts in the history of four different institutions. Throughout his career, Len and his teams achieved record-breaking results across all campaign and annual dollar and donor statistics measured. He is a hands-on leader with extensive experience in campaign management, annual giving growth strategies, advancement administration, major and planned gifts, special events, communications, and advancement team and board development. A strong advocate for the importance of planned giving to every non-profit’s future, Len implemented new programs at three organizations he served and expanded upon the planned giving initiatives at two other institutions which led to exponential growth in deferred gift commitments during his tenures.
Len attended Bradley University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and played basketball and also earned a Master of Science degree in Management from Lewis University. He is a member of the Advancement Committee at his beloved high School, Saint Patrick in Chicago, and serves as treasurer for his homeowner’s association. He and his wife Donna are longtime residents of Naperville, IL and have one son and three grandchildren.