Thomas W. Thomsen

Senior Fundraising Consultant Tom Thomsen

Thomas W. Thomsen

Senior Consultant & Principal


Detroit Lakes, Minnesota


Luther College, B.A.
Luther Theological Seminary, M.Div.
Luther College, Honorary Doctorate of Divinity

Tom brings to the firm and our clients more than 25 consecutive years of fund development and planning. He has a proven track record of moving institutions forward through organization-wide strategic planning and resource development, and he is driven by a desire to maximize every resource available to ensure that institutions move to a new level of achievement.

Before joining the firm in 2005, Tom held positions as President of Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota; President of Grand View College in Iowa; and Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana.

Tom has special expertise in the areas of campaign preparation and implementation, major gifts strategy, evaluation of advancement office structure and programs, strategic planning, board development and executive coaching. Tom served on the Board of Directors of Marts & Lundy from 2010-2013, serving on both the Governance and Budget Committees. He has been engaged in professional and civic organizations, including the Minnesota Private College Council, Iowa Public Television, the United Way and the executive committee for the Nobel Peace Prize Forum.

  • A&M The 12th Man Foundation, TX
  • A&M University of Alberta, Canada
  • Boston College and College of Law
  • Bowling Green State University, OH
  • Georgia Southern University
  • Goshen College, IN
  • Iowa Wesleyan College
  • Indiana University, PA
  • Juniata College, PA
  • Lakeland University, Wisconsin
  • Minnesota Public Radio (American Broadcast)
  • Montana Tech Foundation
  • National Football Foundation
  • North Dakota State University Foundation
  • The Oswego College Foundation
  • Pepperdine University, CA
  • Queen’s University, Canada
  • St. Norbert College, Wisconsin
  • Saint Peter’s College, NJ
  • Scotch College Foundation, Australia
  • Shippensburg University Foundation, PA
  • Texas A&M University
  • The Agricultural Program, TX
  • University of Central Florida Foundation
  • University of Guelph, Canada
  • University of Iowa College of Law
  • University of Missouri – Kansas City, College of Law
  • University of Texas, Austin
  • University of Wisconsin – Madison
  • Washburn University Foundation
  • Warriors and Quiet Waters, Montana

When Tom is not in lake country in Minnesota he enjoys time in Montana hiking and fly fishing. Most of all Tom finds every opportunity to be with his family; his wife Barb, three sons, daughter- in- law and 2 grandchildren for which he feels blessed.