DIRECTOR OF CHURCH DIVISION
Steve Michalek has spent his career in fundraising and development with more than seven years of experience working with faith-based and higher education organizations. His expertise includes capital campaigns, major gifts, annual fund programs, alumni programs, board stewardship, feasibility studies, strategic planning and volunteer training. He brings commitment, energy and professionalism to each project.
Prior to joining Ruotolo Associates, Steve worked with a national philanthropic counseling firm and directed more than 40 capital campaigns, stewardship programs and feasibility studies in seven states, always maintaining a high rate of success.
Steve also worked as a major gifts officer at William Paterson University developing relationships with donors for scholarship funding, capital projects and student job placement. Steve was directly involved in the research, cultivation, major gift solicitation and stewardship of each benefactor he engaged.
In total, Steve has raised more than $50,000,000 in philanthropic support – much of it through major gifts. He has personally trained thousands of volunteers to lead and participate in steering, major gift and hospitality committees as well as to cultivate and solicit prospects. Steve prides himself on establishing and maintaining excellent personal and business relationships with the clients, campaign leadership and volunteers he has personally served.
Steve earned his BA in Communication at William Paterson University. He resides in Nutley, NJ, with his wife, Alicia, and their two children, Stephen and Lia.