Tom Weatherall joined Make-A-Wish® New Jersey (MAWNJ) in September 2002 as Vice President for Development. As the chief architect of a new, innovative development plan, the Chapter experienced record fundraising and wish-granting totals. Additionally, the Foundation embarked upon its first-ever capital campaign, the centerpiece to be “A Wishing Place,” a first-of-its-kind wish-granting facility, still the only one within the entire MAW enterprise, globally.
Since assuming his current role as President & CEO in Sept 2005, the campaign surpassed its goal and obtained the largest gift in the history of Make-A-Wish worldwide while simultaneously growing annual operational revenues. The Samuel & Josephine Plumeri Wishing Place, also known as ‘the castle’, opened on December 2, 2011, in Monroe Township, New Jersey. It is seen as a ‘game-changer’ by staff, board, donors and volunteers, as it has greatly enhanced the wish delivery and overall experience of wish-granting for the children and families served by MAWNJ. Additionally, MAWNJ has continued to set a new bar for all MAW chapters by continuing to receive more record-setting gifts.
Prior to Make-A-Wish, Tom acquired a diverse non-profit management background, having served as Senior Manager at Graham-Pelton Consulting, Inc., a fundraising and non-profit management firm located in Summit, NJ, as well as having spent a combined 10 years in higher education administration – responsibilities covering enrollment management, alumni relations and development – at Seton Hall University, Loyola University New Orleans and at his alma mater, Saint Peter’s University in Jersey City, New Jersey.
Since 2005, Tom has served on several non-profit boards and committees, including the Resource Development & Branding Committee of the national board for Make-A-Wish® America (MAWA). In 2010 he was appointed to MAWA’s national Capital Campaign Steering Committee, and he currently sits on their national Development Committee, his second such term. Additionally, he has played an instrumental role transitioning this highly branded, nationally recognized organization from event-based revenue streams to the much more sustainable donor-centric, relationship-driven, major gift model of resource development. Tom is considered a leading voice in the organization for his fundraising expertise, based on chapter performance metrics and his many development presentations at national conferences.
In July 2012 he was named to the Advisory Board of the newly launched Center for Excellence in Leadership, Governance & Philanthropy at Fairleigh Dickinson University, where he continues to serve.
Earlier in his 25 year non-profit career, Tom served on the board of Hudson County (NJ) Child Abuse Prevention Center, Park Theater for The Performing Arts (Union City, NJ) and was the advisor to the president of a Nativity Mission School in New Orleans, operated by the Society of St. Edmund, or the Edmundites, with the educational model inspired by the Jesuits. Today he serves on the board of Southern Missions Inc. of the Fathers of St. Edmund, based in Selma, AL.