Todd Wurschmidt: Proud Buckeye

Todd Wurschmidt is a graduate of The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in biological sciences at OSU, and went on to graduate school, where he received his Ph.D. in Sociology, Diffusion of Innovations, and Social Action Processes.

He also served as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Ohio State. Todd Wurschmidt taught a graduate course of his own creation, which he called “Leadership and Management of Non-Profit Associations.” The course was offered through the University’s Department of Human and Community Resource Development.

As Todd Wurschmidt knows, The Ohio State University is considered one of the premier public institutions of higher education in the United States. OSU boasts more than one thousand student clubs and organizations. And as Todd Wurschmidt learned from first-hand experience, The Ohio State University offers students more than 175 majors, and a wide range of graduate programs.

The Ohio State University also has a long and proud tradition of excellence in athletics. Its football and basketball teams are regular contenders for Big Ten Conference titles. And no matter what else happens, it’s always a good year when Ohio State defeats its arch-rival, the University of Michigan, no matter what sport it is.
Todd Wurschmidt is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Society of Association Executives, the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police.


Todd Wurschmidt: Certified Association Executive

Todd Wurschmidt served for one year as a volunteer mentor to the Georgian Farmers Association, a newly established organization formed to develop a network of agricultural stakeholders in the country of Georgia. Georgia is an independent nation in Southwestern Asia that was a part of the former Soviet Union.

As Todd Wurschmidt knows, the GFA serves as an umbrella organization for Georgian farmers. The Center for International Private Enterprise, in Washington, DC, sponsors a program called “KnowHow Mentorship” linking experienced association executives in the United States, like Todd Wurschmidt, with emerging associations in countries such as Georgia, Serbia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Romania, and Greece.

Todd Wurschmidt is also a Certified Association Executive, having earned the professional designation from the American Society of Association Executives. As Todd Wurschmidt knows, the Certified Association Executive designation is a valuable addition to his resume. The purpose of the CAE is to elevate professional standards, enhance the performance of individual association executives, and identify those association professionals who show they possess the knowledge essential to the practice of association management. The CAE program, Todd Wurschmidt says, has become a mark of excellence, and evolved to reflect what it takes to manage an association.

Todd Wurschmidt has, for many years, been a Fellow of ASAE, the second highest honor bestowed by the American Society of Association Executives. ASAE Fellows are referred to as the “leading doers and thinkers in the association profession.” ASAE is composed of more than 21,000 association executives and industry leaders representing more than 10,000 organizations around the world.

He is also a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, which is considered the standard-bearer for professionalism in fundraising. Todd Wurschmidt has been involved in fundraising for many years. Among his many accomplishments in this field is helping the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police and Law Enforcement Foundation increase gross revenues from half a million dollars per year to up to ten million dollars.

Todd Wurschmidt: Multiple Organizations

Todd Wurschmidt has worked in an advisory and consultative capacity with multiple organizations, including those in the medical, agricultural and law enforcement communities. He has used his expertise to enhance their organizational functionality and fundraising capability, and through his tireless efforts to optimize organizational fundraising efficiency, has been able to secure millions of dollars in both grant revenue and in fundraising contributions, ensuring that his client Associations have the funds necessary to carry out their missions.

Todd Wurschmidt has, time and time again, proven his ability to boost the organizational revenue streams and awareness for multiple associations. He has worked with the Law Enforcement Foundation of Illinois, the Oak Clinic for Multiple Sclerosis, the United Soybean Board, and the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police, to name just a few. His abilities in fundraising and grant securement have helped to establish Todd Wurschmidt as one of the premier association executives in the nonprofit sector.

Todd Wurschmidt serves as a model for excellence to both association professionals and to nonprofit organizations at the local, national and international levels. He is well-educated and experienced professional who attended The Ohio State University, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences, a Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees in the Social Sciences. He has also been an Adjunct Assistant Professor at OSU, where he designed and taught a graduate-level course called “Leadership and Management of Non-Profit Associations.”

Todd Wurschmidt reads widely and says that his favorite authors include Joseph Campbell and Stephen Hawking.

Todd Wurschmidt: OSU Alum

Todd Wurschmidt is a product of The Ohio State University, where he earned a Ph.D. in Sociology, Diffusion of Innovations, and Social Action Processes. He has enjoyed the world of Association and Foundation leadership and management, serving virtually all as chief staff executive. He is known an entrepreneur, with a reputation for innovation, growth, and problem solving.

Todd has worked with a number of organizations in transition, including the United Soybean Board.

Over years of service, Todd Wurschmidt has become known as something of a organizational growth specialist. He has simultaneously led between three and five non-profit organizations at the state, national and international levels, and has excellent professional skills relating to strategic planning, volunteer and staff team building, fundraising, and program and product launching. Todd Wurschmidt has promoted numerous public, private, and nonprofit partnerships.

Some of the highlights of Todd Wurschmidt’s career include securing grant funding in the technology arena, and for example, in permitting the building and operating of the U.S.’s largest statewide information sharing network of over 750 public safety agencies and 45 private vendor companies.

Todd Wurschmidt is also a skilled fundraiser who has involved countless business leaders, including CEOs of Fortune 500 Companies, in the philanthropic mission.

Todd served as Adjunct Assistant Professor at his alma mater, OSU, where he designed and taught a graduate level course called Leadership and Management of Non-Profit Associations.

Todd Wurschmidt: Executive Director

Todd Wurschmidt was the Executive Director of the Law Enforcement Foundation of Illinois. He believes that the loss of just one life, whether it’s a private citizen or a law enforcement official, should be preventable, and could be through education and awareness.

Both Todd Wurschmidt and the Law Enforcement Foundation of Illinois, or LEFI, strive to have a resonating and positive impact on the lives of young people. This goal is achieved through the use of innovative programs that raise awareness of dangerous behavior, such as texting, inattentiveness and multi-tasking while operating a motor vehicle. Todd Wurschmidt and LEFI believe that supplementing driving education programs in the state of Illinois with awareness programs about these potentially deadly behaviors is important to the creation of safer roadways throughout the state and the country, which is why they have implemented programs designed to establish better, more mutually-beneficial relationships between local youths and the law enforcement community.

Todd Wurschmidt has been an important voice for educational programs such as PACT Camps. These programs were created to promote collaboration and a sense of community between young people and law enforcement representatives throughout Illinois. Todd Wurschmidt says that LEFI, as well as the law enforcement community, has the opportunity to be a positive influence on the lives of young people through awareness and relationship cultivation.

Todd Wurschmidt has been an advocate of these programs while working with the Law Enforcement Foundation of Illinois. He has made innumerable contributions to the organizational and program development of LEFI since joining the organization.

Todd Wurschmidt: Fundraising Expert

Todd Wurschmidt is an expert at fundraising, and has helped many nonprofit organizations reach their fundraising goals.
Nonprofits, says Todd Wurschmidt, rely on the generosity of philanthropists, and he is skilled at the cultivation of relationships between nonprofit organizations and their donors. He encourages the use of both time-honored fundraising methods and innovative and visionary leadership to help nonprofits that truly make a difference in their communities achieve their financial goals.

Todd Wurschmidt says that he is often asked what is the most important things about fundraising. He has given a great deal of thought to that question over the years. He says that an organization that wants money has to ask for it. As obvious a lesson as that sounds, he says that whenever donors are asked why they gave to a particular group or cause, the most consistent reply is because they were asked to. Most people, he says, won’t think to give your organization money on their own. They have no reason to, and there exists so much competition for these donations, so it is up to you to pose the question, and “make the Ask.”

At the same time, counsels Todd Wurschmidt, it is important not to assume any donor will keep on giving. He cites a survey of donors who have given away more than five thousand dollars in one year. Most who were asked said they felt like nonprofits viewed them as ATMs. It is important, he says, to make sure donors and other supporters do not feel that way.

It varies from fundraiser to fundraiser, of course, but Todd Wurschmidt also says to remember that the money nonprofits raise come from people, and most of those people are not wealthy. Too often, nonprofits think they can’t raise money because they don’t know any rich philanthropists. But the truth is that seven out of ten adults give away money at one time or another and nonprofits need to focus their work on that seven out of ten.

Todd Wurschmidt: The Value of Interim Executives

Todd Wurschmidt is an entrepreneur, innovator, change agent and problem solver with years of experience in the world of association and foundation leadership. He worked as an Interim Executive with organizations in transition, for example, with the United States Soybean Board.

Todd Wurschmidt is sometimes asked why an organization should consider using the services of an interim executive. “Professional Interim Executives provide leadership when there is a gap between the departure of one executive and the hiring of a successor,” he explains. “Interim management provides the organization with short-term executive expertise when hiring a long-term employee is not feasible or advisable.” Using an Interim Executive is a good idea, he says, when the organization wants to stabilize or assess its operations before hiring a successor, so the successor starts with a clean slate; when there is not enough time to conduct an adequate executive search, which can take up to six months; or when the successor will take over from a long-time executive or founder.

Some of Todd Wurschmidt’s key accomplishments are securing millions in grant funding for the design, construction, and operation of the nation’s largest statewide information sharing network; establishing international exchange relationships; and involving countless business leaders in the philanthropic mission.

Todd Wurschmidt earned a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in Sociology, Diffusion of Innovations, and Social Action Processes. He also has an undergraduate degree in biological sciences from OSU. He reads widely, and says that his favorite authors include Joseph Campbell, Stephen Hawking, and Charles Dickens.