President and CEO
We Raise Foundation
After a 25-year career serving non-profit organizations around the world, Mr. Paul C. Miles was named President and CEO of We Raise Foundation (formerly Wheat Ridge Ministries) by its Board of Directors in August 2015.
Paul joined We Raise after serving as vice president for development at Make-A-Wish America in Phoenix, Ariz. In this position, Paul was responsible for all individual and foundation giving, direct mail, digital, annual giving and grants, and planned giving. In addition, he served as a member of the Senior Leadership Team and the Grants Committee.
Prior to his tenure with Make-A-Wish America, Paul spent 22 years with a leading international consulting firm that works with non-profit organizations on a wide-range of development needs. As campaign director, he helped his clients raise over $1 billion, culminating in a $593 million campaign for Habitat for Humanity International, where he also served as interim senior vice president of development. After serving as a campaign director, Paul joined the management team and eventually became a limited partner with the firm.
Paul graduated from Concordia University Chicago, River Forest, Ill., where he later served on the Foundation Board of Directors and the President’s Advisory Council. His board service also includes Lutheran World Relief, Baltimore, Md.; Chicagoland Habitat for Humanity, Boys and Girls Clubs of Sumter County, and various congregational boards. He has been a frequent speaker and trainer in the field of resource development.
Paul and his wife, Sonja, live with their three children, Nathan, Olivia and Meredith, in Naperville, Ill.