Jerry Padbury

Senior Consultant


As a results-oriented development professional with over 30 years of fundraising experience, Jerry Padbury has a record of success in raising revenue and building donor relationships for arts and cultural, healthcare, education, zoos and aquariums and health and human services organizations. Using data to drive strategy and efficiencies, Jerry has grown individual giving pipelines, built mid-level giving programs, developed stewardship and communication streams, and researched, stewarded, and secured individual major gifts to provide a base of long-term support that allow organizations to maximize their missions.

Prior Experience

Before joining Schultz & Williams, Jerry was on the Development leadership team at John G. Shedd Aquarium. As Senior Director, Membership, he led comprehensive fundraising communication and stewardship efforts for the Membership, Annual Fund and Adopt programs. Responsible for raising more than $4.6 million annually, Jerry transformed a transactional on-site sales program into a multi-channel direct response program with an emphasis on stewarding, renewing, and upgrading members to build an individual giving pipeline. Jerry also launched the annual fund to grow unrestricted philanthropy and create a non-benefit, mission-driven revenue stream.

Jerry enjoyed a long tenure at Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago, where he had multiple roles, including leading and managing annual giving, tribute, employee, Children’s Miracle Network programs and 3rd party fundraising events. Under his leadership, a Lead Annual Gift (mid-level giving) program was launched, incorporating personalized touch points, direct response, and major-gift strategies. Jerry is most proud of playing an instrumental role in the success of a $675 million campaign to build a new hospital, where he led the physician, employee, and public phases of the campaign.

Prior to his work in healthcare, Jerry led the membership and annual giving programs for the Art Institute of Chicago and Los Angeles Museum of Art, two of the largest art museum membership programs in the world.

With a Bachelor of Arts degree in music, Jerry is a passionate and active subscriber of local opera, theater, and the symphony. He currently serves on the Board of the Near North Chapter for Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Client Experience

  • Temple University
  • SHARE Food Program
  • Santa Barbara Museum of Art
  • Korean American Museum
  • Walker Art Center


Bachelor’s Degree in Music – Mansfield University