Steven H. Biondolillo

  • Pioneer in the fields of public health and human services marketing, and peer-to-peer special-event fundraising
  • Sparked the national renaissance in walkathons, leading the field from a $20 million-per-year trickle to a $2+ billion-per-year industry
  • Developed the nation’s premiere special-event fundraising training program for nonprofit staff and volunteers
  • Coined the term “signature event”
  • Designed and/or developed three national walkathon programs included in USA Today’s listing of the “Top 10 Charitable Fundraising Events in the United States”
  • Member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame
  • Author of Macaroni and Cheese Manifesto, as well as numerous op-eds on amateur sports and child welfare
  • Keynote speaker

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Steven H. Biondolillo is the founder and president of Biondolillo Associates. Recognized for coining the term “signature event,” Biondolillo is the nation’s leading developer of branded special-event fundraising programs. Additionally, Biondolillo has developed what is widely regarded to be the nation’s premiere training program in the field of special-event fundraising, and has trained over 13,000 nonprofit staff and volunteers. Since 1984, fundraisers developed by Biondolillo have raised more than $1.2 billion.

Biondolillo sparked the national renaissance in walkathons and other peer-to-peer fundraising events. Among the firm’s landmark walkathons are national leaders in the areas of breast cancer and hunger, and among its “signature events” are many national “firsts,” including the first film and video production festival for children, holiday ornament fundraising campaign, “CEO-driven” academic mentoring program, and service corps focused on the cardiovascular health and wellness of the American public.

Biondolillo Associates has been recognized over the years with numerous awards, including the highest honor in New England in the public relations industry—the New England Publicity Club’s Super Bell, and the highest award in the world in the cleaning and maintenance industry—the Cleaner World Award.

Steven Biondolillo has been a guest lecturer for several colleges and universities, including the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, the College of Communication at Boston University, the Carroll School of Management at Boston College, Emerson College, Babson College, Georgetown University, George Washington University, the Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of Massachusetts-Boston, and the Kellogg-Recanati Graduate Arts Administration Program at Tel Aviv University. Additionally, Steven has appeared on several national television and radio news programs, including NBC’s Today Show, Fox News, The O’Reilly Factor, and NPR.

Steven has served as a member of the board of directors for several nonprofit organizations, including the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Massachusetts Chapter, as well as having served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the U.S. Army War College Foundation.  He is currently an advisory board member for the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.

Until 1983, Steven was an elite amateur wrestler and medalist in national and international competition. He is a former member of the coaching staff of Boston College’s NCAA Division I wrestling program. His op-ed pieces on amateur sports and child welfare have appeared in publications throughout the United States, including The Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, Atlanta Constitution, Miami Herald, Philadelphia Inquirer, Boston Herald, Boston Globe, Union Leader, and Amateur Wrestling News. In 2013, Biondolillo was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame as an “Outstanding American” from Massachusetts.

In 2014, Biondolillo launched a new division offering seminars and workshops focused on teambuilding, personal growth, leadership development, and donor cultivation. This project is the outgrowth of the publication of Steven’s book, Macaroni and Cheese Manifesto.

Steven completed graduate work in English Literature at McGill University in Montreal and language studies at the University of Grenoble in France. He received his BA in English Language & Literature from Boston University, where he was the president of the National Senior Honor Society and the all-university valedictorian. In 2012, Steven received an appointment to, and became a graduate of the U.S. Army War College’s 58th National Security Seminar.

In recognition of outstanding professional, personal and community leadership and commitment, Steven has been awarded the Boston Jaycees Ten Outstanding Young Leaders Award and has been inducted into Boston University’s Collegium of Distinguished Alumni.

Athletics

  • In 2013, Steven was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame as an “Outstanding American” from Massachusetts.
  • He is a former member of the coaching staff of Boston College’s NCAA Division I wrestling program (1992 – 1997), and currently a guest clinician for a variety of high school, college and mixed martial arts (MMA) programs.
  • Steven is also a member of the wrestling program at the New York Athletic Club, one of the nation’s leading centers for Olympic freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling.
  • Steven is currently an advisory board member of the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.
  • His op-ed pieces on the subjects of violence in sports, Title IX, and the Olympics have appeared in leading national publications; one piece—”Let’s Let Kids Play”—has been circulated in several communities as mandatory reading for parents of children enrolled in sports programs.
  • Until 1983, he was an elite amateur wrestler and medalist in national and international competition, including the World Maccabiah Games (2nd 1981), the Canadian University National Championships (formerly CIAUs—4th 1981), the New York Athletic Club International Tournament (2nd 1980), the Quebec Open (2nd 1981), and the National Preparatory School Championships (4th 1972).
  • In 1980, Steven was a competitor in the Canadian Olympic Team Trials in freestyle wrestling.
  • Additionally, he was selected to represent both the United States (2X—1982/West Germany, Bulgaria) and Canada (2X—1980, 1981/Denmark, Cuba) in international dual-meet competition, and was invited, in 1982, to a U.S. National Team Training Camp at Hofstra University.
  • From 1978 to 1981, Steven wrestled for McGill University and the Montreal Elite Wrestling Club, where he was coached by Soviet national champion and world medalist Victor Zilberman, becoming one of the first Soviet-trained American wrestlers.
  • In high school, Steven wrestled for Girard, where he became a two-time Philadelphia-Area Private School Wrestling Champion and winner of the boys school’s Scholar-Athlete Award. (Varsity dual meet record: 67-6.)
  • A high school salutatorian and Division I recruit in three sports—soccer, wrestling and baseball—Steven was also a Philadelphia Bulletin Scholar-Athlete.
  • In 1988, he was inducted into Girard’s Wrestling Hall of Fame, and, in 2013, into Girard’s Athletic Hall of Fame.
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