About Us


The Suddes Group. The Maverick Fundraising Firm.

Tom Suddes founded The Suddes Group in 1983 after serving as the Director of Development at The University of Notre Dame. Tom and his team quickly became known for generating results where others had failed.

In 1993, Inc. Magazine recognized the no-nonsense, sales-oriented approach and called us ‘The Maverick Fundraising Firm.’

In 30+ years, The Suddes Group has:

Raised over $2Billion for and with organizations throughout the world,Managed over 500 successful fundraising campaigns, and

Supported the transformation of over 5000 organizations through our training and coaching solutions.

Today we are working in dozens of cities, several countries, and three continents. Our clients range from colleges and universities to start-ups to social entrepreneurs, and more than half of our work is with funders and philanthropists looking to help their grantees or to invest their money more effectively.

For Impact. A Point of View and a Movement.

We launched For Impact in 2001 as an initiative to share our point-of-view, frameworks, and sales process with an entire community of For Impact individuals and organizations looking to change the world.

For Impact has become a movement — the impact of which has transcended our core business. What was once internal training for The Suddes Group now supports some 30,000 entrepreneurs and organizations (both for profit and not-for-profit… all For Impact) looking to change the world.

ForImpact.org complements our publishing and training as a way to share our complete approach and frameworks (and scale our impact).

Our Team

Our coaches bring years of in-the-field experience with direct responsibility for fundraising strategy and results. More than just fundraising professionals, we look for entrepreneurs, artists and athletes to build a driven team with diverse skill sets in leadership, coaching, and training.

Our team includes a boxing champion and a national chess champion. Former professions (outside of nonprofit leadership positions) include: professional country music singer, attorney for death row inmates and a dot-com entrepreneur.

Active (second) professions include a hot-air balloon pilot and a licensed kinesiologist.

Our entire team shares a passion for family and health.

Where We Live

The Suddes Group landed in Central Ohio in the mid-80s during our Economic Development days. Our headquarters are in Dublin, OH (just outside of Columbus).

We also have offices in Colorado Springs (For Impact@ThePeak) and coaches in Jackson, Wyoming, and Dublin, Ireland.