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At Caritas Unlimited, with over 120 years of collective experience among our partners, we are committed to providing sound, unbiased, tailored philanthropic counsel for each organization we serve. We pride ourselves in bringing this comprehensive expertise to the table with a sincere desire to solve problems, formulate strategic approaches and assist in the successful implementation of your plans.

  • Philanthropic — Though our professional experience has been primarily in higher education and health care, we have also maintained a collegial network of leaders in various non-profit organizations and can bring valued counsel to a variety of circumstances. And we have been a part of the dynamic, complex and ever-changing world of non-profits, be they large or just getting started.
  • Professional — It is unfortunate a ‘philanthropic heart’ is not genetic but rather a learned behavior. Most importantly, we believe that philanthropy has a vital place in our world today and tomorrow. We strive to enhance the immense good this virtue has achieved and accept the daunting responsibility of helping to preserve it for generations to come.
  • Connected — Whether you are seeking support for a potential capital campaign, training for professional staff, volunteers or Board members or simply want the occasional counsel of seasoned, dedicated professionals, Caritas Unlimited is there to assist you.

Caritas Unlimited enjoys a strategic business relationship with
Benefactor Group that can enhance and complement philanthropic services.

  • Fundraising Services

    • Philanthropic Feasibility Studies
    • Capital Campaign Management
    • Campaign Planning
    • Volunteer Training
    • Professional Staff Development
    • Board Training and Engagement
    • Development Program & Operational Assessments
    • Donor Relations & Stewardship
  • Management Services

    • Interim Management/CEO Experience
    • Interim Chief Development Officer
    • Executive Coaching

Our partners bring over 120 years of collective experience

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    Bruce Pontious

    Has had a distinguished career in the Advancement profession spanning more than 41 years largely in higher education and health care. He has experience in both large and small advancement offices, as well as private and public institutions.

    Bruce started his career in 1972 at his alma mater, Heidelberg University, as an admissions Counselor and after a few years was promoted to Director of Alumni & Church Relations. It was here that Bruce was introduced to fundraising and campaigns. In 1978 he became Development Representative for United Church Homes, Inc., a leading Midwestern health care non­profit corporation managing and developing full­ service retirement communities and senior housing facilities. He built a comprehensive advancement operation that he supervised as Sr. Vice President for Development, Public Relations and Marketing.

    In 1987, Bruce began a lengthy career at the Ohio State University Medical Center, now the Wexner Medical Center. He was responsible for building and leading a comprehensive development program that included annual fund, grateful patient, major gifts and capital campaign programs. Under his leadership, the Medical Center was a significant part of the University’s first billion­ dollar campaign, during which he helped secure naming gifts for the James Cancer Hospital & Solove Research Institute, the Davis Heart & Lung Research Institute and the Ross Heart Hospital. In 2000, Bruce was promoted to Associate Vice President for Health Sciences and assumed additional duties supervising the development programs for the five Health Sciences Colleges at the University. From 2005 through 2008, Bruce oversaw the development programs of the five largest Colleges and Programs at the University — Athletics, Agriculture, Business, Law and Engineering.

    Bruce finished his noteworthy career at the University of Arkansas as the Associate Vice Chancellor for University Development for 2008 through 2013 helping them prepare for a second billion­ dollar campaign. In addition to planning and policy development, he helped identify and recruit a Steering Committee of over 130 distinguished alumni and friends. During this tenure, he was responsible for managing over sixty development professionals in a $5.0 million plus operation. Since retirement, Bruce has consulted with First Community Church, Columbus, Ohio on their $15 million dollar capital campaign, and policy development for their $8M Foundation and organization of a new Annual Stewardship program.


    Is a distinguished senior development professional and renowned philanthropic leader.Open Bio

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    Dan Grafner

    Is a distinguished senior development professional and renowned philanthropic leader. He has built and led development offices, helped to secure numerous multi­million dollar gifts, crafted sophisticated campaign strategies, and earned the respect of colleagues and donors alike.

    Dan began his career at Ohio Northern University as Director of Alumni Affairs/Parent Programs. In 1982, he joined Bowling Green State University with responsibilities including the annual fund and data systems administration.

    In 1984, Dan began a long and successful affiliation with The Ohio State University with assignments in regional development, the College of Veterinary Medicine, and the then named College of Administrative Sciences.

    Working with the dean, university president and others, Dan helped to build and lead the advancement team that secured the first named college at the University, the Max M. Fisher College of Business (which included a $20 million gift), and successfully completed a $120 million campaign that was part of the University’s Affirm Thy Friendship effort.

    In 2002, Dan became Vice President for Development and Executive Director of the University of Cincinnati Foundation. At that time, it was a $10 million operation with 105 employees and represented all areas of the University in fundraising and gift administration. He oversaw Medical Center fundraising, which was composed of the College of Medicine, University Hospital, and the colleges of Pharmacy, Nursing, and Allied Health Sciences. Working with the leadership of the Medical Center, the University was able to close two significant gifts.

    Dan returned to The Ohio State University and the Fisher College in 2006 to focus on major gift work and administrative responsibilities.

    Since retiring from Ohio State, Dan has consulted with Ohio University's College of Business, St. Francis DeSales High School, served as Interim Chief Development Officer for the OhioHealth Foundation, and also served as Interim CEO of Victory Junction, a camp for children with serious health diagnoses, located in Randleman, North Carolina.


    Has more than 40 years of institutional advancement experience in higher education and health care.Open Bio

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    John Meyer

    Strategic partner of Benefactor Group, has more than 40 years of development experience in higher education, serving at both small liberal arts colleges and The Ohio State University.

    John started his development career at the College of Wooster as the assistant director where he learned annual fund and alumni relations programs. He became the director of development and alumni relations at Centenary College of Louisiana in Shreveport, where he began to work with major gifts and leadership volunteers. In 1981, he accepted a newly­ created position at Ohio State University where he was among the first development officers hired to work directly with deans in the colleges of Law and Business. He was responsible for the campaign at the College of Law that included the first fundraising for an academic building addition and renovation. The Law Centennial Campaign was a very successful part of the University campaign that raised $350 million during the 1980’s.

    Following that campaign John was promoted to the position of Assistant Vice President for Development at Ohio State and was the campaign planner and strategist for the Affirm Thy Friendship Campaign that raised a total of $1.2 billion from 1993 to 2000 for a variety of campus needs and programs. John worked closely with academic leadership and over 25 deans and other university leaders to set goals and objectives for the campaign across the campus. He managed a staff of 60 college­ assigned development officers. During the campaign he was promoted to the position of Associate Vice President and became the interim Vice President of Development in 2003 for nine months.

    In 2009 John became the vice president for the university advancement at Capital University in Columbus where he worked with board members and academic leaders to move the fundraising and external relations activities forward. In 2012 he returned to the College of Law at Ohio State to work with the dean on the current capital campaign before retiring in 2013 to begin his consulting work.


    Distinguished career in the advancement profession spanning more than 40 years.Open Bio