Bill Stanczykiewicz serves as director of The Fund Raising School, a premier provider of research-based, fundraising training to professional fundraisers, nonprofit CEOs, board members, and other nonprofit leaders. While most of The Fund Raising School’s practical and impactful curriculum is taught in the United States, Bill’s leadership responsibilities include guiding the school’s international efforts around the world. Bill also serves as senior lecturer in philanthropic studies, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.
For nearly two decades Bill led the Indiana Youth Institute (IYI), a statewide nonprofit promoting healthy youth development and academic attainment across the Hoosier State. During Bill’s tenure at IYI, the institute developed fun, interactive web sites for middle and high school students helping them plan for postsecondary education and their subsequent careers. During that time period IYI also implemented regional trainings and a statewide conference for school counselors, connecting educators with information and resources pertaining to postsecondary education and workforce opportunities that could be shared with their students. Bill also led IYI’s efforts in Indiana to implement the national Jobs for America’s Graduates program which successfully reduces high school dropout rates while increasing postsecondary access.
Bill’s professional career includes experience in public administration through a staff position with the United States Senate Subcommittee on Children and Families and a cabinet-level position in the mayor’s office in Indianapolis.
Professional, civic, and philanthropic endeavors have led to Bill receiving numerous national and statewide awards. He was named a Next Generation Leader by the Rockefeller Foundation and a “Sagamore of the Wabash,” the top civic leadership award conferred by the Governor of Indiana. Demonstrating his ability to explore common ground and collaborate with others, Bill received statewide recognition for his efforts on behalf of education from the Indiana Chamber of Commerce and the Indiana State Teachers Association.
Bill is a frequent speaker on philanthropy, fundraising, youth development, and academic attainment. His national speaking opportunities have included the White House Conference on America’s Youth and the national 4-H conference. Bill’s media appearances have included ABC’s “Good Morning America” as well as interviews on ESPN and PBS.
While serving on his local public school board, Bill saw firsthand the unique opportunities and impact of public school education foundations. This led to his interest in serving on the National School Foundation Association board of directors where Bill provides governance and oversight of NFSA’s strategies while also sharing his nationally-recognized expertise in fundraising and nonprofit leadership.
Bill’s hobbies include dating his wife, Carmen, and boating and fishing with their four children.