Michael Ziener

Senior Director of Major Gifts

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 our current Lakeshore Society Members while driving strategy and implementing development initiatives.

Formerly, Michael was the CEO of Susan G. Komen in Chicago, where he solicited the organization’s first six-figure individual gift and helped provide hands-on leadership within the major giving program. Prior to 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. He was Founder of his own nonprofit consultancy firm, MacroMentum. As a consultant, Michael helped organizations create models of sustainability with sound major gifts strategies and core competencies. Michael has never been afraid to roll up his sleeves as he has participated in countless individual and private foundation asks and solicitations.  He has been responsible for large-scale organizational growth in the area of major giving and foundation relations for years by maximizing mission outcomes through diverse fundraising channels and innovative, multi-channel communication strategies.

For more information about making a donation to the American Cancer Society, call 312.960.2348.

To contact Senior Director of Major Gifts, please email michael.ziener@cancer.org.