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PAUL C. MILES
President and CEO
We Raise Foundation
After a 25-year career serving nonprofit organizations around the world, Mr. Paul C. Miles was named President and CEO of We Raise Foundation 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 nonprofit 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, have three children and live in Naperville, Ill. They are active members of their vibrant community and Paul has served as a coach on many local sports teams. He continues to believe one day he will break par but recognizes the important roles dreams play in his life. Paul is inspired by two things at We Raise: the generosity of its donors and the dedication of its grantees. The chance to bring these two communities together through We Raise is one of the great opportunities of his career.