Michael Ziener, MNA

Senior Director of Major Gifts, Primary Markets

Region covered: Illinois, Indiana


Michael Ziener is the Director of Major Gifts, Primary Markets for the American Cancer Society Inc., based in Chicago, IL.  In this role, he supports current and new individual and family foundation investors residing in Illinois and Indiana. Michael’s approach is mission-centric with donor intent always being a top priority.

Formerly, Michael was the CEO of Susan G. Komen in Chicago, where he solicited the organization’s first six-figure individual gift, a half-million dollar capacity building grant and helped provide hands-on leadership diversifying revenue streams including the major giving program. After his role with Komen, Michael was the Midwest Vice President of Development for buildOn where he helped develop and exponentially grow the major giving, foundation relations and corporate philanthropy departments in his region. He was Founder of his own nonprofit consultancy firm, MacroMentum. As a consultant, Michael helped organizations create models of sustainability with sound major gifts and revenue diversification strategies.

Michael has never been afraid to roll up his sleeves as he has participated in countless individual and private foundation solicitations.  He has been responsible for large-scale organizational growth in the areas of major giving and foundation relations by maximizing mission outcomes through innovative cultivation and communication methodologies.

In 2018, Michael completed a life-long goal of graduating with a Master in Nonprofit Administration from the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business. Armed with his recent master’s degree, tenured nonprofit leadership experience, and personal story of losing his entire family to cancer, his calling is to fuel the programs and research necessary so there are no more cancer orphans. Michael is the father to his son, Nicholas and they love baseball, basketball, skiing, traveling and music

For more information about making an investment in the American Cancer Society, please call Michael at 312.960.2348, or email him at michael.ziener@cancer.org.